ᐅ125+ Mother Teresa Quotes on Life, Love and Kindness

"It takes a checkbook to change the world" ~ Mother Teresa

"More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones." ~ Mother Teresa

"Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them." ~ Mother Teresa

"It's not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts. Life isn't worth living, unless lived for other people." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally; to be alone with Him — not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything — to dwell lovingly in His presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless. We cannot find God in noise or agitation." ~ 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

"So many signatures for such a small heart." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"There is no great difference in reality between one country and another, because it is always people you meet everywhere. They may look different or be dressed differently, they may have a different education or position; but they are all the same. They are all people to be loved." ~ Mother Teresa

"A joyful heart is like the sunshine of God's love, the hope of eternal happiness." ~ Mother Teresa

"Many people are concerned with children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is the greatest destroyer of peace today- abortion which brings people to such blindness." ~ Mother Teresa

"We serve life, not because it is broken, but because it is holy." ~ Mother Teresa

"Be humble and you will never be disturbed. It is very difficult in practice because we all want to see the result of our work. Leave it to Jesus." ~ Mother Teresa

"To God there is nothing small. The moment we have given it to God, it becomes infinite." ~ Mother Teresa

"If abortion isn't wrong, then nothing is wrong." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you cannot feed one hundred hungry people, then just feed one really well." ~ Mother Teresa

"I have told everybody that what we are doing is for the love of God and works of love are always to accept and respect others." ~ Mother Teresa

"In the poorest of the poor we see Jesus in distressed guise." ~ Mother Teresa

"Any work of love brings a person face to face with God." ~ Mother Teresa

"I think that before people were speaking much about the poor, but now more and more people are speaking to the poor. That is the great difference." ~ 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

"I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one." ~ Mother Teresa

"The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth" ~ Mother Teresa

"For me, life is the most beautiful gift of God to mankind, therefore people and nations who destroy life by abortion and euthanasia are the poorest. I do not say legal or illegal, but I think that no human hand should be raised to kill life, since life is God's life in us, even in an unborn child." ~ Mother Teresa

"My mother and sister must be very happy to be home with God, and I am sure their love and prayers are always with me. When I go home to God, for death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity." ~ Mother Teresa

"We must remember that life begins at home and we must also remember that the future of humanity passes through the family" ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is a promise; fulfill it." ~ Mother Teresa

"Please choose the way of peace.. In the short term there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread. But that never can, nor never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will cause." ~ Mother Teresa

"Suffering is nothing by itself. But suffering shared with the passion of Christ is a wonderful gift, the most beautiful gift, a token of love." ~ Mother Teresa

"The other day I dreamed that I was at the gates of heaven. And St. Peter said, 'Go back to Earth, there are no slums up here.'" ~ Mother Teresa

"How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers." ~ Mother Teresa

"The success of love is in the loving - it is not in the result of loving." ~ Mother Teresa

"Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength." ~ Mother Teresa

"Gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy." ~ Mother Teresa

"We cannot really know God if we do not pray." ~ Mother Teresa

"You can find Calcutta anywhere in the world. You only need two eyes to see. Everywhere in the world there are people that are not loved, people that are not wanted nor desired, people that no one will help, people that are pushed away or forgotten. And this is the greatest poverty." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment. The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time ... Do not worry about why problems exist in the world - just respond to people's needs ... We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop." ~ Mother Teresa

"Be humble like Mary so that you can be holy like Jesus" ~ Mother Teresa

"I have a diplomatic passport for India, diplomatic passport for Albania. I have Vatican passport and to America, I can go any time." ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is luck, make it." ~ Mother Teresa

"The joy of Jesus will be my strength - it will be in my heart. Every person I meet will see it in my work; my walk, my prayer - in everything." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you ask children in the west where's God, they'd point to the sky. If you ask children in India, they point at themselves." ~ Mother Teresa

"I am Albanian by birth. Now I am a citizen of India. I am also a Catholic nun. In my work, I belong to the whole world. But in my heart, I belong to Christ." ~ Mother Teresa

"I believe in person to person; every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is only one person in the world for me at that moment." ~ Mother Teresa

"We pick up people dying full of worms from the street. We have picked up more than 40,000 of them. If I lift up such a person, clean him, love him and serve him, is it conversion? He has been there like an animal in the street but I am giving him love and he dies peacefully. That peace comes from his heart. That's between him and God." ~ Mother Teresa

"One truly must have suffered oneself to help others." ~ Mother Teresa

"Every day I see Jesus Christ in all his distressing disguises." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Because I cannot rely on myself, I rely on Him, twenty-four hours a day." ~ Mother Teresa

"He who is faultless does not care for the opinion of others." ~ 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

"Our vocation, to be beautiful, must be full of thought for others." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer makes your heart bigger, until it is capable of containing the gift of God himself. Prayer begets faith, faith begets love, and love begets service on behalf of the poor." ~ Mother Teresa

"We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion." ~ Mother Teresa

"Love - the more you share with others, the more you have." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration with exposition needs a great push. People ask me: 'What will convert America and save the world?' My answer is prayer. What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in holy hours of prayer." ~ Mother Teresa

"Spread your love wherever you go." ~ Mother Teresa

"A Mother is the heart of the home" ~ Mother Teresa

"People everywhere are the same; they are all people to be loved. They are all hungry for love." ~ Mother Teresa

"A smile is the beginning of peace." ~ Mother Teresa

"Thoughtfulness is the beginning of great sanctity. If you learn this art of being thoughtful, you will become more and more Christ-like, for his heart was meek and he always thought of others. Our vocation, to be beautiful, must be full of thought for others." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is impossible to love God without loving our neighbor." ~ Mother Teresa

"The fullness of our heart is expressed in our eyes, in our touch, in what we write, in what we say, in the way we walk, the way we receive, the way we serve." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Work without love is slavery." ~ Mother Teresa

"Let's do something beautiful for God." ~ Mother Teresa

"Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that Adoration." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is 'Abortion', because it is a war against the child... A direct killing of the innocent child, 'Murder' by the mother herself... And 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... And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts." ~ Mother Teresa

"How much love did you put into what you did?" ~ Mother Teresa

"We need silence to be able to touch souls." ~ Mother Teresa

"We must have a real living determination to reach holiness. ''I will be a saint'' means I will despoil myself of all that is not God; I will strip my heart of all created things; I will live in poverty and detachment; I will renounce my will, my inclinations, my whims and fancies, and make make myself a willing slave to the will of God." ~ Mother Teresa

"To fear is to expect punishment. To love is to know we are immersed not in darkness, but in light." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you really love one another, you will not be able to avoid making sacrifices." ~ Mother Teresa

"America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men." ~ Mother Teresa

"Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of Christ risen." ~ Mother Teresa

"And so let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love, and once we begin to love each other naturally we want to do something." ~ Mother Teresa

"I belong to Jesus. He must have the right to use me without consulting me." ~ Mother Teresa

"The ocean is made of drops." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it." ~ Mother Teresa

"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 at all-do it for peace. So let us radiate peace...and extinguish in the world and in the hearts of all men all hatred and love for power." ~ Mother Teresa

"Our progress in holiness depends on God and ourselves - on God's grace and on our will to be holy." ~ Mother Teresa

"Pray for me that I not loosen my grip on the hands of Jesus even under the guise of ministering to the poor." ~ Mother Teresa

"To students: I pray that all those young people who have graduated, do not carry just a piece of paper with them but that they carry with them love, peace and joy. That they become the sunshine of God's love to our people, the hope of eternal happiness and the burning flame of love wherever they go. That they become carriers of God's love. That they be able to give what they have received. For they have received not to keep, but to share." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"She lived almost fifty years of her life completely dedicated to the care of the poor and the marginalized. Astonishingly, for those nearly fifty years she identified completely with the poor she served by her own experience of being seemingly unwanted and unloved by God. In a mystical way — through this painful interior "darkness" — she tasted their greatest poverty of being "unwanted, unloved, and uncared for."" ~ Mother Teresa

"I still think that the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, just having no one... That is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience." ~ Mother Teresa

"Sometimes it is harder for us to smile at those who live with us, the immediate members of our families, than it is to smile at those who are not so close to us. Let us never forget: love begins at home." ~ Mother Teresa

"The world today is hungry Not only for bread But hungry for love; Hungry to be wanted, Hungry to be loved." ~ Mother Teresa

"Joy is strength- Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy." ~ Mother Teresa

"Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor" ~ Mother Teresa

"Of all the diseases I have known, loneliness is the worst." ~ Mother Teresa

"Joy is prayer; joy is strength, joy is love. God loves a cheerful giver. The best way we can show our gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with joy." ~ Mother Teresa

"I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you ever feel distressed during your day - call upon our Lady - just say this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must admit - this prayer has never failed me." ~ Mother Teresa

"Peace begins with a smile." ~ Mother Teresa

"Keep Giving Jesus to the people, not by words but by your example, by being in love with Jesus, by radiating holiness and spreading his fragrance of love everywhere you go. Just keep the joy of Jesus as your strength, be happy and at peace." ~ Mother Teresa

"It was easier to deal with poverty and death in India that the lack of spirituality in America." ~ Mother Teresa

"There should be less talk. A preaching point is not a meeting point." ~ Mother Teresa

"We must free ourselves to be filled by God. Even God cannot fill what is full." ~ Mother Teresa

"Holy Angels, our advocates, our brothers, our counselors, our defenders, our enlighteners, our friends, our guides, our helpers, our intercessors - Pray for us." ~ Mother Teresa

"To choose always the hardest." ~ 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

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use." ~ Mother Teresa

"Today, if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other-that man, that woman, that child is my brother or my sister. If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbor, do you think we would still need tanks and generals?" ~ 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

"People have forgotten what the human touch is, what it is to smile, for somebody to smile at them, somebody to recognize them, somebody to wish them well. The terrible thing is to be unwanted." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you...yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand." ~ Mother Teresa

"There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives - the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"Have a great compassion for people. To be able to have a heart full of compassion, we need to pray. Especially be kind, be loving to the poor. We think we do so much for the poor, but it is they who make us rich. We are in debt to them. Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. This is your chance." ~ Mother Teresa

"I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you will trust God." ~ Mother Teresa

"No matter who says what, you should accept it with a smile and do your own work." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself." ~ Mother Teresa

"I fear just one thing : Money! Greed was what motivated Judas to sell Jesus" ~ Mother Teresa

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

"The purpose of guilt is to bring us to the Lord, after that it has no purpose." ~ Mother Teresa

"We need to give Christ a chance to make use of us, to be His word and His work, to share His food and His clothing in the world today. If we do not radiate the light of Christ around us, the sense of the darkness that prevails in the world will increase." ~ Mother Teresa

"It often happens that those who spend their time giving light to others, remain in darkness themselves." ~ Mother Teresa

"[My mother tongue is] Albanian. But, I am equally fluent in Bengali (language of Calcutta) and English." ~ Mother Teresa

"What we say does not matter - only what God says to souls through us." ~ Mother Teresa

"Suffering will come, trouble will come - that's part of life; a sign that you are alive. If you have no suffering and no trouble, the devil is taking it easy. You are in his hand." ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is a challenge, we must take it." ~ Mother Teresa

"Bring love into your home, for this is where our love for each other must start" ~ Mother Teresa

"There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness, and this is the great poverty that makes people suffer so much." ~ Mother Teresa

"‎I don't think we can do anything more than what we are doing now." ~ Mother Teresa

"Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus." ~ Mother Teresa

"Gandhi felt fascinated at knowing Christ. He met Christians, and felt let down." ~ Mother Teresa

"You and I, we are the Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing. Jesus made it very clear. Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me. Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me. Clear." ~ Mother Teresa

"You know my God. My God is called love" ~ Mother Teresa

"God does not demand that I be successful. God demands that I be faithful. When facing God, results are not important. Faithfulness is what is important." ~ Mother Teresa

"Conversion is not only changing the faith. Conversion is changing the heart and working over there is the grace of God. Then only comes the question of change of faith. Nobody can force you, not even the holy prophets." ~ Mother Teresa

"I am a little pencil in God's hands. He does the thinking. He does the writing. He does everything and sometimes it is really hard because it is a broken pencil and He has to sharpen it a little more." ~ 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

"One thing will always secure heaven for us-the acts of charity and kindness with which we have filled our lives. We can do no great things, only small 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

"Holiness grows so fast where there is kindness. The world is lost for want of sweetness and kindness. Do not forget we need each other." ~ Mother Teresa

"I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody." ~ Mother Teresa

"We want to create hope for the person ... we must give hope, always hope." ~ Mother Teresa

"I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Ask yourself “How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?” Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery." ~ Mother Teresa

"As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'Repen t and believe' Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor -- He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you." ~ Mother Teresa

"As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great, that I look and do not see, — Listen and do not hear — the tongue moves but does not speak … I want you to pray for me — that I let Him have free hand." ~ Mother Teresa

"Don't wait to be led...do it yourself, person to person." ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is not worth living unless it is lived for others." ~ Mother Teresa

"There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I've always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic." ~ Mother Teresa

"Justice without love is not justice. Love without justice is not love" ~ Mother Teresa

"We are not social workers. We are contemplatives in the heart of the world." ~ Mother Teresa

"The coming of Jesus at Bethlehem brought joy to the world and to every human heart. may His coming this Christmas bring to each one of us that peace and joy that He desires to give." ~ Mother Teresa

"In ... silence we find a new energy and a real unity. God's energy becomes our, allowing us to perform things well." ~ Mother Teresa

"Souls of prayer are souls of great silence" ~ 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

"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted." ~ Mother Teresa

"Christ came to be Father's compassion to the world. Be kind in your actions. Do not think that you are the only one who can do efficient work, work worth showing. This makes you harsh in your judgment of others who may not have the same talents. Do your best and trust that others do their best. And be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." ~ Mother Teresa

"I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there." ~ Mother Teresa

"People crave attention and appreciation more than they do bread." ~ Mother Teresa

"Each time anyone comes in contact with us, they must become different and better people because of having met us. We must radiate God's love." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"Get to know the poor in your country. Love them. Serve them." ~ Mother Teresa

"Where was Mother Teresa's Jesus? He was in the Bible, in the church, in her prayer, in the Eucharist, in her sisters, in the heart of everyone she met, and especially in the poorest of the poor and the lowest of the low. Jesus was in disguise in each one of them. Jesus was behind the foundation of her order. Jesus was behind all that she did." ~ Mother Teresa

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noises and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature-trees, flowers, grass-grow in silence. Is not our mission to give God to those we walk with? Not a dead God, but a living, loving God. The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in active life. We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say, but what God says to us and through us. Words that don't give the light of Christ increase the darkness." ~ Mother Teresa

"Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"By abortion the Mother does not learn to love, but kills her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women to the same trouble. So abortion leads to more abortion." ~ Mother Teresa

"God is never late, but rarely early." ~ Mother Teresa

"I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve becuase I love Jesus." ~ Mother Teresa

"When Christ said: I was hungry and you fed me, he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger." ~ Mother Teresa

"I always begin my prayer in silence, for it is in the silence of the heart that God speaks. God is the friend of silence-we need to listen to God because it's not what we say but what He says to us and through us that matters." ~ Mother Teresa

"Be faithful in the little things." ~ Mother Teresa

"I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money." ~ Mother Teresa

"Where does love begin? In our own homes. When does it begin? When we pray together. The family that prays together stays together." ~ Mother Teresa

"To be alone with Jesus in adoration and intimate union with Him is the Greatest Gift of Love - the tender love of Our Father in Heaven." ~ Mother Teresa

"We need to realize that poverty doesn't only consist of being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremendous hunger for human dignity. We need to love and to be someone for someone else" ~ Mother Teresa

"Christ prays in me, Christ works in me, Christ thinks in me, Christ looks through my eyes, Christ speaks through my words, Christ works with my hands, Christ walks with my feet, Christ loves with my heart. As St Paul's prayer was: I belong to Christ and nothing will separate me from the love of Christ. It was that oneness, oneness with God in the Holy Spirit." ~ Mother Teresa

"Mary, my dearest Mother, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, your heart so full of love and humility, that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life, love Him as you loved Hitn and serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor." ~ Mother Teresa

"There are only two ways: either we love-and love in action is service - or we put hatred into action and destroy." ~ Mother Teresa

"All of us must be saints in this world. Holiness is a duty for you and me. So let's be saints and so give glory to the Father." ~ Mother Teresa

"I begin each day with holy Mass, receiving Jesus hidden under the appearance of a simple piece of bread. Then I go out into the streets and I find the same Jesus hidden in the dying destitute, the AIDS patients, the lepers, the abandoned children, the hungry, and the homeless. It's the same Jesus." ~ Mother Teresa

"I don't think there is anyone who needs God's help as much as I do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength, I rely on Him twenty-four hours a day." ~ Mother TeresaI feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength, I rely on Him twenty-four hours a day." ~ Mother Teresa

"Look at the cross and you will know what one soul means to Jesus." ~ Mother Teresa

"The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between." ~ Mother Teresa

"I don't claim anything of the work. It is his work. I am like a little pencil in his hand. That is all. He does the thinking. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it." ~ Mother Teresa

"Let us not be afraid to be humble, small, helpless to prove our love for God. The cup of water you give the sick, the way you lift a dying man, the way you feed a baby, the way you teach a dull child, the way you give medicine to a sufferer of leprosy, the joy with which you smile at your own at home - all this is God's love in the world today." ~ Mother Teresa

"We need silence to be alone with God, to speak to him, to listen to him, to ponder his words deep in our hearts. We need to be alone with God in silence to be renewed and transformed. Silence gives us a new outlook on life. In it we are filled with the energy of God himself that makes us do all things with joy." ~ Mother Teresa

"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?'" ~ Mother Teresa

"Our Father, here I am, at your disposal, your child, to use me to continue your loving the world, by giving Jesus to me and through me, to each other that we allow Jesus to love in us and through us with the love with which His Father loves him." ~ Mother Teresa

"If our bones were not sending whispers of doubt to our hearts, there would be no need for prayer at all." ~ Mother Teresa

"I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people." ~ Mother Teresa

"Purity is the fruit of prayer." ~ Mother Teresa

"We cannot separate our lives from the Eucharist; the moment we do, something breaks. People ask, 'Where do the sisters get the joy and the energy to do what they are doing?' The Eucharist involves more than just receiving; it also involves satisfying the hunger of Christ. He says, 'Come to Me.' He is hungry for souls." ~ Mother Teresa

"How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with LOVE, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts." ~ 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

"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

"Let us love one another as God loves each one of us. And where does this love begin? In our own home. How does it begin? By praying together." ~ Mother Teresa

"Be faithful in little things, for in them your strength lies. To the good God nothing is little, because He is so great and we are so small." ~ Mother Teresa

"Let us preach you, Dear Jesus, without preaching.... not by words but by our example." ~ Mother Teresa

"The family that prays together stays together, and if they stay together they will love one another as God has loved each one of them. And works of love are always works of peace." ~ Mother Teresa

"Sometimes people can hunger for more than bread. It is possible that our children, our husband, our wife, do not hunger for bread, do not need clothes, do not lack a house. But are we equally sure that none of them feels alone, abandonded, neglected, needing some affection? That, too, is poverty." ~ Mother Teresa

"Self knowledge puts us on our knees, and it is very necessary for love. For knowledge of God gives love, and knowledge of self gives humility" ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer feeds the soul - as blood is to the body, prayer is to the soul - and it brings you closer to God." ~ Mother Teresa

"A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy." ~ Mother Teresa

"The trouble is that rich people, well-to-do people, very often don't really know who the poor are; and that is why we can forgive them, for knowledge can only lead to love, and love to service. And so, if they are not touched by them, it's because they do not know them" ~ Mother Teresa

"Please don't kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you are joyful, do not worry about lukewarmness. Joy will shine in your eyes and in your look, in your conversation and in your countenance. You will not be able to hide it because joy overflows." ~ Mother Teresa

"By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you are hungry to hear the voice of God, you will hear. To hear, you have to cut out all other things." ~ Mother Teresa

"The more we can give in our silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life." ~ Mother Teresa

"There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through sharing together, praying together, suffering together, and working together." ~ Mother Teresa

"People are hungry for something more beautiful, for something greater than people round about can give. There is a great hunger for God in the world today. Everywhere there is much suffering, but there is also great hunger for God and love for each other." ~ Mother Teresa

"Who is Jesus to me? Jesus is the Word made Flesh. Jesus is the Bread of Life. Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the cross. Jesus is the sacrifice offered at holy Mass for the sins of the world and for mine. Jesus is the Word - to be spoken. Jesus is the Truth - to be told. Jesus is the Way - to be walked. Jesus is the Light - to be lit. Jesus is the Life - to be lived. Jesus is the Love - to be loved" ~ Mother Teresa

"We all long for heaven where God is, but we have it our power to be in heaven with him right now-to be happy with him at this very moment. But this means being: Loving as he loves, helping as he helps, giving as he gives, serving as he serves, rescuing as he rescues, being with him all 24 hours of the day, touching him in his distressing disguise." ~ Mother Teresa

"My prayer for you is that you may grow in the likeness of Christ, being real carriers of God's love and that you really bring his presence, first, into your own family, then, to the next door neighbor, the street you we live in, the town we live in, the country we live, then only, in the whole world, that living example of God's presence." ~ Mother Teresa

"Keep your heart pure. A pure heart is necessary to see God in each other. If you see God in each other, there is love for each other, then there is peace." ~ Mother Teresa

"Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contribution, if you let it." ~ Mother Teresa

"They too, are created by the same loving hand of God which Created us...It is our duty to Protect Them and to promote their well-being." ~ Mother Teresa

"True love is love that causes us pain, that hurts, and yet brings us joy. That is why we must pray to God and ask Him to give us the courage to love" ~ Mother Teresa

"Let anyone who comes to you go away feeling better and happier. Everyone should see goodness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile. Joy shows from the eyes. It appears when we speak and walk. It cannot be kept closed inside us. It reacts outside. Joy is very infectious." ~ 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

"The way to plan the family is natural family planning, not contraception...This (use of contraceptives) turns the attention to self and so it destroys the gift of love in him or her. In loving, the husband and wife must turn the attention to each other as happens in natural family planning, and not to self, as happens in contraception. Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows easily . . . And abortion, which often follows from contraception, brings a people to be spiritually poor, and that is the worst poverty and the most difficult to overcome." ~ Mother Teresa

"Keep the corners of your mouth turned up. Speak in a low, persuasive tone. Listen; be teachable. Laugh at good stories and learn to tell them...For as long as you are green, you can grow." ~ Mother Teresa

"This is the meaning of true love, to give until it hurts." ~ Mother Teresa

"Whatever religion we are, we must pray together." ~ Mother Teresa

"Sometimes a good feeling from inside is worth much more than a beautician." ~ Mother Teresa

"Listen in silence because if your heart is full of other things you cannot hear the voice of God" ~ Mother Teresa

"The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give." ~ Mother Teresa

"If we can not love the person whom we see, how can we love God whom we can not see?" ~ Mother Teresa

"Holiness consists in doing God’s will joyfully. Faithfulness makes saints. The spiritual life is a union with Jesus: the divine and the human giving themselves to each other. The only thing Jesus asks of us is to give ourselves to him, in total poverty and total self-forgetfulness." ~ Mother Teresa

"Charity isn't about pity, it is about love." ~ Mother Teresa

"Thou shall love the Lord with thy whole heart, soul, and mind. This is the commandment of the Great God, and he cannot command the impossible. Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set. Everyone can reach this love through meditation, spirit of prayer, and sacrifice by an intense inner life. There is no limit because God is love, love is God, God's love is infinite. But part is to love and to give until it hurts. That's why it is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the action." ~ Mother Teresa

"I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness." ~ Mother Teresa

"When you don't have anything, then you have everything." ~ Mother Teresa

"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 to just be, to just 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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Hungry not only for bread - but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing - but naked of human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a home of bricks - but homeless because of rejection." ~ Mother Teresa

"I have never been in a war before, but I have seen famine and death. I was asking (myself) what do they feel when they do this? I don't understand it. They are all children of God. Why do they do it. I don't understand." ~ Mother Teresa

"A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, convinced that nothing and nobody will separate it from his love. Purity, chastity, and virginity created a special beauty in Mary that attracted God's attention. He showed his great love for the world by giving Jesus to her." ~ Mother Teresa

"At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern." ~ Mother Teresa

"As far as I am concerned, the greatest suffering is to feel alone, unwanted, unloved. The greatest suffering is also having no one, forgetting what an intimate, truly human relationship is, not knowing what it means to be loved, not having a family or friends." ~ Mother Teresa

"Holiness is not a privilege of a few but a need for all." ~ Mother Teresa

"She knows how to suffer and at the same time how to laugh." ~ Mother Teresa

"I realized that I had the call to take care of the sick and the dying, the hungry, the naked, the homeless - to be God's Love in action to the poorest of the poor. That was the beginning of the Missionaries of Charity." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride, because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about other people's opinions. Be humble and you will never be disturbed. Remember St. Aloysius, who said he would continue to play billiards even if he knew he was going to die. Do you play well? Sleep well? Eat well? These are duties. Nothing is small for God." ~ Mother Teresa

"What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more. If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one." ~ Mother Teresa

"I have the feeling that we are in such a hurry that we do not have time to look at one another and smile." ~ Mother Teresa

"Dearest Lord, may I see you today and every day in the person of your sick, and, whilst nursing them, minister unto you. Though you hide yourself behind the unattractive disguise of the irritable, the exacting, the unreasonable, may I still recognize you, and say: "Jesus, my patient, how sweet it is to serve you." ~ Mother Teresa

"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go." ~ Mother Teresa

"Love cannot remain by itself - it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service. Whatever form we are, able or disabled, rich or poor, it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing; a lifelong sharing of love with others." ~ Mother Teresa

"I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God." ~ Mother Teresa

"Give love to your children, to a wife or husband, to a next-door neighbour." ~ Mother Teresa

"I have said often, and I am sure of it, that the greatest destroyer of peace in the world today is abortion. If a mother can kill her own child, what is there to stop you and me from killing each other? The only one who has the right to take life is the The One who has created it." ~ Mother Teresa

"We belong to each other." ~ 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

"Don't aim for success if you want it, just do what you love and believe in, Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier and it will come naturally." ~ Mother Teresa

"If only one little unhappy child is made happy with the love of Jesus,...will it not be worth...giving all for that?" ~ Mother Teresa

"To show great love for God and our neighbor we need not do great things. It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God." ~ Mother Teresa

"Put your sins in the chalice for the precious blood to wash away. One drop is capable of washing away the sins of the world." ~ Mother Teresa

"When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now. This is why you should ask your parish priest to have perpetual adoration in your parish. I beg the Blessed Mother to touch the hearts of all parish priests that they may have perpetual Eucharistic adoration in their parishes, and that it may spread throughout the entire world" ~ Mother Teresa

"Where there is love, there is joy." ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is a dream, realise it." ~ Mother Teresa

"We should not serve the poor like they were Jesus. We should serve the poor because they are Jesus." ~ Mother Teresa

"Once we take our eyes away from ourselves, from our interests, from our own rights, privileges, ambitions - then they will become clear to see Jesus around us." ~ Mother Teresa

"There's nothing more calming in difficult moments that knowing there's some one fighting with you." ~ Mother Teresa

"The first step to becoming is to will it." ~ Mother Teresa

"We are taught from the very first moment to discover Christ under the distressing disguixe of the poor, the sick, the outcasts. Christ presents Himself to us under every disguise: the dying, the paralytic, the leper, the invalid, the orphan." ~ Mother Teresa

"My prayer for you is that you come to understand and have the courage to answer Jesus' call to you with the simple word 'yes'." ~ Mother Teresa

"Make us worthy Lord to serve our fellow men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands this day their daily bread and by our understanding love, give peace and joy." ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is a game, play it." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is more difficult to fight poverty in a rich country than in a poor one." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves." ~ Mother Teresa

"One thing that I ask of you: Never be afraid of giving. There is a deep joy in giving, since what we receive is much more than what we give." ~ Mother Teresa

"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" ~ Mother Teresa

"Often you can see power lines running alongside the street. Unless current is flowing through them, there is no light. The power line is you and I! The current is God! We have the power to allow the current to flow through us and thus to generate the light of the world: JESUS - or to refuse to be used and, thus, allow the darkness to spread." ~ Mother Teresa

"You weren't created just to consume resources, you were put on this Earth to make a contribution." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself. Ask and seek and you heart will grow big enough to receive Him and to keep Him as your own. Wherever God has put you, that is your vocation. It is not what we do but how much love we put into it." ~ Mother Teresa

"If our poor die of hunger, it is not because God does not care for them. Rather, it is because neither you nor I are generous enough. It is because we are not instruments of love in the hands of God. We do not recognize Christ when once again He appears to us in the hungry man, in the lonely woman, in the child who is looking for a place to get warm." ~ Mother Teresa

"The humility of Jesus can be seen in the crib, in the exile to Egypt, in the hidden life, in the inability to make people understand Him, in the desertion of His apostles, in the hatred of His persecutors, in all the terrible suffering and death of His Passion, and now in His permanent state of humility in the tabernacle, where He has reduced Himself to such a small particle of bread that the priest can hold Him with two fingers. The more we empty ourselves, the more room we give God to fill us." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer gives us a pure heart and a pure heart can do much." ~ Mother Teresa

"There are no great acts, only small acts done with great love" ~ Mother Teresa

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

"Every act of love is a work of peace no matter how small." ~ Mother Teresa

"I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper's wounds I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?" ~ Mother Teresa

"Serve God joyfully. Let there be no sadness in your life: the only true sorrow is sin." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"What we need is love without getting tired." ~ Mother Teresa

"In the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world." ~ Mother Teresa

"Silence came before creation, and the heavens were spread without a word" ~ Mother Teresa

"Joy is very infectious; therefore, be always full of joy!" ~ Mother Teresa

"Am I ever angry or frustrated? I only feel angry sometimes when I see waste, when things that we waste are what people need, things that would save them from dying. Frustrated? No, never." ~ Mother Teresa

"If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbor, do you think we should still need tanks and generals?" ~ Mother Teresa

"Poverty was not created by God. It is we who have caused it, you and I through our egotism." ~ Mother Teresa

"You who have received so much love, share it with others. Love others the way that God has loved you, with tenderness." ~ Mother Teresa

"Peace starts with a smile" ~ Mother Teresa

"The first requirement for prayer is silence. People of prayer are people of silence." ~ Mother Teresa

"God made the world for the delight of human beings." ~ 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

"God doesn't ask that we succeed in everything, but that we are faithful. However beautiful our work may be, let us not become attached to it. Always remain prepared to give it up, without losing your peace." ~ Mother Teresa

"The poorest of the poor are those who feel that they are unloved." ~ Mother Teresa

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