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Wikipedia Summary for Mother Teresa

Mother Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, Albanian: [aˈɲɛzə ˈɡɔndʒɛ bɔjaˈdʒiu]; 26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), honoured in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje (now the capital of North Macedonia), then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. After living in Skopje for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life.

In 1950, Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that had over 4,500 nuns and was active in 133 countries in 2012. The congregation manages homes for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis. It also runs soup kitchens, dispensaries, mobile clinics, children's and family counselling programmes, as well as orphanages and schools. Members take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and also profess a fourth vow – to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor."Teresa received a number of honors, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was canonised on 4 September 2016, and the anniversary of her death (5 September) is her feast day. A controversial figure during her life and after her death, Teresa was admired by many for her charitable work. She was praised and criticized on various counts, such as for her views on abortion and contraception, and was criticized for poor conditions in her houses for the dying. Her authorized biography was written by Navin Chawla and published in 1992, and she has been the subject of films and other books. On 6 September 2017, Teresa and St. Francis Xavier were named co-patrons of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta.

Live simply so others may simply live.

--Mother Teresa

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones ? the ones at home.

--Mother Teresa

The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign.

--Mother Teresa

I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much.

--Mother Teresa

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in that action.

--Mother Teresa

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

--Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.

--Mother Teresa

Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

--Mother Teresa

We are not here to be successful, we are here to be faithful.

--Mother Teresa

If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.

--Mother Teresa

I fear just one thing: Money! Greed was what motivated Judas to sell Jesus.

--Mother Teresa

Love cannot remain by itself it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.

--Mother Teresa

Perpetual Adoration, Eucharistic Adoration offers to our people the opportunity to join those in religious life to pray for the salvation of the world, souls everywhere and peace on earth. We cannot underestimate the power of prayer and the difference it will make in our world.

--Mother Teresa

If you give what you do not need, it is not giving.

--Mother Teresa

Life is a challenge, we must take it.

--Mother Teresa

God gives us things to share, God doesn't give us things to hold.

--Mother Teresa

Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.

--Mother Teresa

Jesus gives me the opportunity to feed Him by feeding those who are hungry, to clothe Him by clothing those who are naked, to heal Him by caring for those who are sick, and to offer Him shelter by housing those who are homeless and unwanted.

--Mother Teresa

Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. This is your chance.

--Mother Teresa

I think it is very good when people suffer. To me that is like the kiss of Jesus.

--Mother Teresa

Abortion is profoundly anti-women.

--Mother Teresa

Purity is the fruit of prayer.

--Mother Teresa

People crave attention and appreciation more than they do bread.

--Mother Teresa

If I ever become a Saint -- I will surely be one of darkness. I will continually be absent from heaven -- to light the light of those in darkness on earth.

--Mother Teresa

The simplest way of becoming his light is by being kind and loving, thoughtful, and sincere with others: 'By this they will know that you are his disciples.'

--Mother Teresa

The very fact that God has placed a certain soul in our way is a sign that God wants us to do something for him or her. It is not chance; it has been planned by God. We are bound by conscience to help him or her.

--Mother Teresa

God didn't call me to be successful, He called me to be faithful.

--Mother Teresa

When I was crossing into Gaza, I was asked at the checkpost whether I was carrying any weapons. I replied: Oh yes, my prayer books.

--Mother Teresa

We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved.

--Mother Teresa

No matter how tired you are, no matter how physically exhausting this work may be, it's beautiful to bring a smile into someone's life, to care for someone in need. What greater joy can there be?

--Mother Teresa

I want you to find the poor here, right in your own home first. And begin love there. Be that good news to your own people.

--Mother Teresa

Holiness is not a privilege of a few but a need for all.

--Mother Teresa

Holiness is not the luxury of a few people, but a simple duty for you and me.

--Mother Teresa

In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel.

--Mother Teresa

Brothers, Fathers and Sisters -- all of us in the Missionaries of Charity are doing the same. All of us have been created by God to love and to be loved. We are involved in this work. When you do that, there is joy, unity and love.

--Mother Teresa

At the moment of death we will not be judged according to the number of good deeds we have done or by the diplomas we have received in our lifetime. We will be judged according to the love we have put into our work.

--Mother Teresa

Gandhi felt fascinated at knowing Christ. He met Christians, and felt let down.

--Mother Teresa

You have to do that here in your country. You must come to know the poor. Maybe our people here have material things, everything, but I think that if we all look into our own homes, how difficult we find it sometimes to smile at each other, and that the smile is the beginning of love.

--Mother Teresa

Each of us is merely a small instrument; all of us, after accomplishing our mission, will disappear.

--Mother Teresa

Everybody has something good inside them. Some hide it, some neglect it, but it is there.

--Mother Teresa

Give love to your children, to a wife or husband, to a next-door neighbour.

--Mother Teresa

People are hungry for God. What a terrible meeting it would be with our neighbour if we give them only ourselves.

--Mother Teresa

The work we do is only our love for Jesus in action...If we pray the work...if we do it to Jesus, if we do it for Jesus, if we do it with Jesus...that's what makes us content.

--Mother Teresa

I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve Him among the poorest of the poor. It was an order.

--Mother Teresa

One filled with joy preaches without preaching.

--Mother Teresa

In reality, there is only one true prayer, only one substantial prayer: Christ himself. There is only one voice which rises above the face of the earth, the voice of Christ. Prayer is oneness with Christ.

--Mother Teresa

At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.

--Mother Teresa

They should give until it hurts, maybe a very small thing, maybe just a packet of cigarettes, but instead of by smoking that one packet, maybe I share that packet with somebody who has not got even one cigarette, and that's the beginning of love, to give until it hurts.

--Mother Teresa

Be kind to each other. It is better to commit faults with gentleness than to work miracles with unkindness.

--Mother Teresa

We have a vow to give wholeheartedly everything to the poor.

--Mother Teresa

Do not worry about your career. Concern yourself with your vocation, and that is to be lovers of Jesus.

--Mother Teresa

If you are looking for vocations, as a community have adoration every day. Once the Missionaries of Charity started daily adoration, their vocations doubled.

--Mother Teresa

In the end, dear friend, it is always between us and God, not between us and them.

--Mother Teresa

I have never found a problem with people from different religions praying together. What I have found is that people are just hungry for God, and be they Christian or Muslim we invite them to pray with us.

--Mother Teresa

Therefore, even if you write a letter for a blind man or you must go and sit and listen, or you take the mail for him, or you visit somebody or bring a flower to somebody... it is never too small, for this is our love of Christ in action.

--Mother Teresa

If in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we are converting. We become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are. ... What God is in your mind you must accept.

--Mother Teresa

I belong to Jesus. He must have the right to use me without consulting me.

--Mother Teresa

Life isn't about the cherished moments it is also about the hard ones. Just knowing each day that you will arise with the bright shining sun in your eyes. And end with the cool breeze upon your face as you slowly reflect the day that passed by.

--Mother Teresa

Let me thus praise You in the way You love best: by shining on those around me. Let me preach You without preaching, not by words, but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You. Amen.

--Mother Teresa

Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God.

--Mother Teresa

Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, but in the fervor of the desire which raises the heart to Jesus.

--Mother Teresa

Spread the love of God through your life but only use words when necessary.

--Mother Teresa

The Lord likes small things best, especially those done with love.

--Mother Teresa

When you know how much God is in love with you then you can only live your life radiating that love.

--Mother Teresa

Every act of love is a work of peace no matter how small.

--Mother Teresa

I love all religions. ... If people become better Hindus, better Muslims, better Buddhists by our acts of love, then there is something else growing there. She upheld that there are many ways to God': All is God -- Buddists, Hindus, Christians, etc., all have access to the same God.

--Mother Teresa

Everything starts from prayer. Without asking God for love, we cannot possess love and still less are we able to give it to others. Just as people today are speaking so much about the poor but they do not know or talk to the poor, we too cannot talk so much about prayer and yet not know how to pray.

--Mother Teresa

A beautiful death is for people who have lived like animals to die like angels.

--Mother Teresa

I know i am touching the living body of Christ in the broken bodies of the hungry and the suffering.

--Mother Teresa

He has told us that He is the hungry one. He is the naked one. He is the thirsty one. He is the one without a home. He is the one who is suffering. These are our treasures, she said, looking at the rows of pallets in the caravanserai. They are Jesus.

--Mother Teresa

Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me.

--Mother Teresa

If I'd never have picked up the first person, I'd never have picked up the 42,000 in Calcutta.

--Mother Teresa

Jesus said love one another. He didn't say love the whole world.

--Mother Teresa

When you don't have anything, then you have everything.

--Mother Teresa

Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.

--Mother Teresa

Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.

--Mother Teresa

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.

--Mother Teresa

We have no salaries. When one says he is from a good Catholic family and says he wants to help us, why should we refuse his offer?

--Mother Teresa

Every country I love and I am a child of God to love the humans.

--Mother Teresa

We are now in 126 countries. We have 561 houses -- tabernacles we call them -- and over 4600 nuns. It's simply to serve the poorest of the poor. We are wanted and we have championed those who have nothing, the deprived children of God.

--Mother Teresa

We must love one another as God loves each one of us. To be able to love, we need a clean heart. Prayer is what gives us a clean heart. The fruit of prayer is a deepening of faith and the fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.

--Mother Teresa

Cheerfulness is a sign of a generous and mortified person who forgetting all things, even herself, tries to please her God in all she does for souls. Cheerfulness is often a cloak which hides a life of sacrifice and a continual union with God.

--Mother Teresa

Let us be very sincere in our dealings with each other and have the courage to accept each other as we are.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

Let us be very sincere in our dealings with each other, and have the courage to accept each other as we are. Do not be surprised or become preoccupied at each other's failures -- rather, see and find in each other the good, for each one of us is created in the image of God.


We realize that what we are accomplishing is a drop in the ocean. But if this drop were not in the ocean, it would be missed.

--Mother Teresa

It's only a drop in the ocean -- but the ocean wouldn't be the same without that drop.

--Mother Teresa

I held the Host with two fingers and thought: How small Jesus made Himself, in order to show us that He doesn't expect great things of us, but rather little things with great love.

--Mother Teresa

If I can give you any advice, I beg you to get closer to the Eucharist and to Jesus... We must pray to Jesus to give us that tenderness of the Eucharist.

--Mother Teresa

I know I would not be able to work one week if it were not for that continual force coming from Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

--Mother Teresa

The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace. And peace begins with a smile.

--Mother Teresa

Faith in action is love, and love in action is service. By transforming that faith into living acts of love, we put ourselves in contact with God Himself, with Jesus our Lord.

--Mother Teresa

Success will win you false friends and true enemies -- succeed anyway.

--Mother Teresa

Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.

--Mother Teresa


Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary.

--Mother Teresa

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