Remembering Mother Teresa

Today is the 14th death anniversary of Mother Teresa. I was a freshman in college when news broke out that Mother Teresa passed away. Mother Teresa has always been an inspiration to me. In 1999, I took a Christian Service Internship course in college and spent a month in New York working with the Christian Brothers. During my free time, one day I made it a priority to volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity in the Bronx, New York. When we started preparing the food to feed the homeless, the nuns started praying the Rosary. I have never experienced anything like that before. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. The interactions I had with the homeless people that day and the overall experience was a blessing from up above.  

Mother Teresa’s message of love and service are seeds that we are called to spread. If we spread these seeds we will be forming one huge garden; the garden of Humanity. Let us then continue to be constant gardeners as we move on in our lives spreading seeds of love, peace, understanding, respect, joy, patience, kindness, compassion and kinship. 
Here are some of my favorite quotes by Mother Teresa. I have included 42 because it is my favorite number 🙂 Enjoy.

1. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
2. Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
3. Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
4. If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
5. Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
6. Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given.
7. Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
8. Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.
9. Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
10. Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
11. Peace begins with a smile.
12. The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.
13. We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. 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.
14. “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
15. “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?”
16. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
17. “Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
18. “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
19. “Live simply so others may simply live.”
20. “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.”
21. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
22. “May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”
23. “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”
24. “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
25. “Spread the love of God through your life but only use words when necessary.”
26. “Without patience, we will learn less in life. We will see less. We will feel less. We will hear less. Ironically, rush and more usually mean less.”
27. “Prayer in action is love, love in action is service.”
28. “The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace”
29. “I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.”
30. “Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.”
31. “The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.”
32. “Hungry for love, He looks at you. Thirsty for kindness, He begs of you. Naked for loyalty, He hopes in you. Homeless for shelter in your heart, He asks of you. Will you be that one to Him?”
33. “Joy must be one of the pivots of our life. It is the token of a generous personality. Sometimes it is also a mantle that clothes a life of sacrifice and self-giving. A person who has this gift often reaches high summits. He or she is like sun in a community.”
34. “Our poor don’t need your pity. They don’t need your sympathy. They need your love and compassion.”
35. “Faith in action is love and love in action is service. By transforming that faith into living acts of love, we put ourselves in the contact with God himself, with Jesus our Lord.”
36. “We will be judged by what we have done, by what we have been, to the poor.”
37. “You must love with your time, your hands, and your hearts.”
38. “Never has the world had a greater need for love than in our day…We don’t have time to stop and smile at each other. We are all in such a hurry. People are hungry for love.”
39. “Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our brothers and sisters scattered throughout the entire world, who live and die in poverty and hunger. Through the service of our hands, give them their daily bread; and by our understanding love, give them peace and joy.”
40. “Our work with the poor is nothing more than our love for God put into practice.”
41. “We have to become increasingly aware that the poor are the hope of humanity, for we will be judged by how we have treated the poor.”
42. “I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”

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