Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
1910
1997

Catholic Nun of Albanian Ethnicity, Founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, Winner of Nobel Peace Prize, Beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Author Quotes

Sacrifice, to be real, must cost; it must hurt; it must empty us of self.

Surely if God feeds the young ravens which cry to Him, if He nourishes the birds which neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, if He vests the flowers of the field so beautifully, how much more will He care for men whom He has made in His own image and likeness and adopted as His children, if we only act as such.

The greatest mistake is to think you are too strong to fall into temptation. Put your finger in the fire and it will burn. So we have to go through the fire.

The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day.

There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.

It is not possible to engage in the direct apostolate without being a soul of prayer.

Jesus taught us how to forgive out of love, how to forget out of humility. So let us examine our hearts and see if there is any unforgiven hurt -- any unforgotten bitterness! It is easy to love those who are far away. It isn't always easy to love those who are right next to us. It is easier to offer food to the hungry than to answer the lonely suffering of someone who lacks love right in one

Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don't really want to smile at; do it for peace. Let us radiate the peace of God and so light His light and extinguish in the world and in the hearts of all men all hatred and love for power.

Love Him trustfully, without looking back and without fear. Give yourself fully --He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your weakness.

Not infrequently, those who spend the time to provide light for others it remains in darkness.

People who are unloved and unwanted are just like us, children of God? They are our brothers and sisters.

See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.

Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.

The humbler the work, the greater should be your love and efficiency. Be not afraid of the life of sacrifice.

The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence. The stars, the sun, the moon move in silence. Silence gives us a new perspective.

There is great humility in God. He can stoop down to people like us and become dependent on us for His work to live, to grow, to bear fruit. And He could easily have done it without us. Yet He stooped down and called us to do it.

It is not possible to engage in the direct apostolate without being a soul of prayer. We must be aware of oneness with Christ, as he was aware of oneness with his Father. Our activity is truly apostolic only insofar as we permit him to work in us and through us with his power, with his desire, with his love.

Joy is a sign of generosity. When you are full of joy, you move faster and you want to go about doing good to everyone.

Let us pray for one another. Let us pray that we may accomplish our life's mission, which is to be holy. Let us pray that we will be the love and kindness of God in today's world.

Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.

Often I wonder what does really God get from me in this state ? no faith, no love ? not even in feelings. The other day I can't tell you how bad I felt. ? There was a moment when I nearly refused to accept. ? Deliberately I took the Rosary and very slowly and without even meditating or thinking ? I said it slowly and calmly. The moment passed- but the darkness is so dark, and the pain is so painful. ? But I accept whatever He gives and I give whatever He takes. People say they are drawn closer to God- seeing my strong faith. ? is this not deceiving people? Every time I have wanted to tell the truth ? ?that I have no faith? ? the words just do not come ? my mouth remains closed. ? And yet I still keep on smiling at God and all.

Persuaded of our nothingness and with the blessing of obedience we attempt all things, doubting nothing, for with God all things are possible. We will allow the good God to make plans for the future, for yesterday has gone, tomorrow has not yet come, and we have only today to make him known loved, and served. Grateful for the thousands of opportunities Jesus gives us to bring hope into a multitude of lives by our concern for the individual sufferer, we will help our troubled world at the brink of despair to discover a new reason to live or to die with a smile of contentment on its lips.

Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; This is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring? especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.

Take God at His Word.

The joy of the Lord is our strength.

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Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
Birth Date
1910
Death Date
1997
Bio

Catholic Nun of Albanian Ethnicity, Founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, Winner of Nobel Peace Prize, Beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta