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Mother Teresa’s sayings are excellent guides to a deeper spiritual life

Mother Teresa’s sayings are excellent guides to a deeper spiritual life

Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity ministry in Calcutta, India. For nearly 50 years, she fed and served needy orphans, AIDS patients, lepers, tuberculosis victims, homeless families and indigent people through this outreach.

In 1979, Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan presented Mother Teresa with the Medal of Freedom. She died in Calcutta September 5, 1997. The following are some of her quotations.

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?”

“I have found this paradox: If you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”

“God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful.”

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty. It is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to God’s voice in the depth of our hearts.”

“A life not lived for others is not a life.”

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”

“If we pray, we will believe. If we believe, we will love. If we love, we will serve.”

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

“In the West we have a tendency to be profit-oriented, where everything is measured according to the results and we get caught up in being more and more active to generate results. In the East, especially in India, I find that people are more content just to be, to sit around under a banyan tree for half a day chatting to each other. We Westerners would probably call that wasting time. But there is value to it. Being with someone, listening without a clock and without anticipation of results, teaches us about love. The success of love is in the loving. It is not in the result of loving. ”

“I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child. It’s a direct killing of the innocent child, a murder by the mother herself. If we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love. We remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.”

“We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace. We need love and compassion.”