ᐅ125+ Mother Teresa Quotes on Life, Love and Kindness

"February 1997 - National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by the President and the First Lady. "What is taking place in America," she said, "is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another."" ~ Mother Teresa

"People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"We will never know how much just a simple smile will do." ~ Mother Teresa

"If there are people who feel that God wants them to change the structures of society, that is something between them and their God. We must serve him in whatever way we are called. I am called to help the individual; to love each poor person. Not to deal with institutions. I am in no position to judge." ~ Mother Teresa

"To be pure, to remain pure, can only come at a price, the price of knowing God and loving him enough to do his will. He will always give us the strength we need to keep purity as something as beautiful for him." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you want to have world peace, go to your house and love your family." ~ Mother Teresa

"The Simple Path Silence is Prayer Prayer is Faith Faith is Love Love is Service The Fruit of Service is Peace" ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"If we were humble, nothing would change us-neither praise nor discouragement. If someone were to criticize us, we would not feel discouraged. If someone would praise us, we also would not feel proud." ~ Mother Teresa

"I am not called to be successful, I am called to be faithful." ~ Mother Teresa

"I picked up a man from the street, and he was eaten up alive from worms. Nobody could stand him, and he was smelling so badly. I went to him to clean him, and he asked, 'Why do you do this?' I said, 'Because I love you.'" ~ 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

"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

"Be not afraid. God loves you & wants us to love one another as He loves us. As miserable, weak and sinful as we are, He loves us with an infinitely faithful love." ~ Mother Teresa

"Unless we believe and see Jesus in the appearance of bread on the altar, we will not be able to see him in the distressing disguise of the poor." ~ Mother Teresa

"Mother Teresa tells a story of walking past an open drain and catching a glimpse of something moving in it. She investigated and found a dying man whom she took back to a home where he could die in love and peace. 'I live like an animal in the streets,' the man told her. 'Now I will die like an angel'." ~ Mother Teresa

"Open your hearts to the love God instills . . . God loves you tenderly. What He gives you is not to be kept under lock and key, but to be shared." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer is nothing but that complete surrender, complete oneness with Christ. And this is what makes us contemplative in the heart of the world; for we are twenty-four hours then in His presence: in the hungry, in the naked, in the homeless, in the unwanted, unloved, uncared for. For Jesus said, Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me." ~ Mother Teresa

"Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." ~ Mother Teresa

"You haven't done the will of God when you have done it miserably." ~ Mother Teresa

"All that we need to know all the wisdom of the cosmos we will find in our own heart" ~ Mother Teresa

"Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me." ~ Mother Teresa

"I feel that 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." ~ Mother Teresa

"In response to the question, 'How can we help to promote world peace?' Mother Theresa replied, 'Go home and love your children." ~ Mother Teresa

"Our poor people are great people, a very lovable people, They don't need our pity and sympathy. They need our understanding love and they need our respect. We need to tell the poor that they are somebody to us that they, too, have been created, by the same loving hand of God, to love and be loved." ~ Mother Teresa

"We have picked up people full of worms from the streets, cared for them and let them die in peace and love. When they are brought to our home, they feel they are in their own homes, with their own families. Now, I am trying to open a house for AIDS victims here (in Delhi). The people are dying because of it." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Holiness consists of doing the will of God with a smile." ~ Mother Teresa

"Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life." ~ Mother Teresa

"There is so much love in us all, but often we are too shy to express our love, and keep it bottled up inside us. We must learn to love, to love until it hurts, and we will know how to accept love." ~ Mother Teresa

"I love all religions, but I am in love with my own." ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it." ~ Mother Teresa

"Somebody loves us, too - God Himself. We have been created to love and to be loved" ~ Mother Teresa

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

"Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself." ~ Mother Teresa

"Even if I want I cannot make you say sorry to God." ~ Mother Teresa

"I do make conversion, if conversion means really turning people to God - to have a clean heart and to love God. That's the real conversion." ~ Mother Teresa

"We are fighting abortion through adoption." ~ Mother Teresa

"What will we answer to Him about that child, that old father and mother, because they are His creation, they are children of God." ~ Mother Teresa

"Give! Give the love you have received to those around you. You must love with your time, your hands, and your hearts. You need to share all that you have." ~ Mother Teresa

"Stay very close to Our Lady. If you do this, you can do great things for God and the good of people." ~ Mother Teresa

"You have to be holy in your position as you are, and I have to be holy in the position that God has put me. So it is nothing extraordinary to be holy. Holiness is not the luxury of the few. Holiness is a simple duty for you and for me. We have been created for that." ~ Mother Teresa

"Failure is nothing but the kiss of Jesus." ~ Mother Teresa

"All of us our but his instruments who do our part and pass by." ~ Mother Teresa

"Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger." ~ Mother Teresa

"My key to heaven is that I loved Jesus in the night." ~ Mother Teresa

"A family that prays together stays together. As we are united at this moment, let us join also the prayer of all and everyone. What you can do I cannot do. And what I can do you cannot do. But all of us together are doing something beautiful for God." ~ Mother Teresa

"I will not pray clarity for you. Clarity is the crutch of the Christian. But I will pray trust for you, that your trust will increase." ~ Mother Teresa

"How sad it is when someone comes to you looking for Jesus and all they see is you." ~ Mother Teresa

"Without out suffering, our work would just be social work, very good and helpful, but it would not be the work of Jesus Christ, not part of the Redemption. All the desolation of the poor people, not only their material poverty, but their spiritual destitution, must be redeemed. And we must share it, for only by being one with them can we redeem them by bringing God into their lives and bringing them to God." ~ Mother Teresa

"We must become holy, not because we want to feel holy, but because Christ must be able to live his life fully in us." ~ 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

"Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows very easily." ~ Mother Teresa

"All we do our prayers our work our suffering is for Jesus. Our life has no other reason or motivation." ~ Mother Teresa

"When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread. But a person who is shut out, who feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person who has been thrown out of society - that spiritual poverty is much harder to overcome. 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

"Joy is the characteristic by which God uses us to re-make the distressing into the desired, the discarded into the creative. Joy is prayer-Joy is strength-Joy is love-Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls." ~ Mother Teresa

"I remember I picked up a person from the street who was nearly eaten up with maggots, and he said, I have lived like an animal, but I am going to die like an angel, loved and cared for." ~ Mother Teresa

"I believe God loves the world through us - through you and through me. We use Mother Teresa's name; it is only a name, but we are real co-workers and carriers of His love. Today God loves the world through us. Especially in times like these when people are trying to make God "was," it is you and I, by our love, by the purity of our lives, by our compassion, who prove to the world that God "is."" ~ Mother Teresa

"Do great in the small things." ~ Mother Teresa

"Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering and the lonely right there where you are in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, just rejected by society completely forgotten, completely left alone." ~ 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

"Our poverty is freedom. This is our poverty - the giving up our freedom to dispose of things, to choose, to possess" ~ Mother Teresa

"To be able to proclaim the Good News to the poor we must know what is poverty." ~ 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

"I have come to you, Jesus, to take your touch before I begin my day. Let your eyes rest upon my eyes for a while let me take to my work the assurance of your friendship. Fill my mind to last through the desert of noise. Let your blessed sunshine fill the peaks of my thoughts. And give me strength for those who need me." ~ Mother Teresa

"Faith is a gift of God. Without it there would be no life. And our work, to be fruitful, and to be all for God, and to be beautiful, has to be built of faith. Faith in Christ who has said, I was hungry, I was naked, I was sick, and I was homeless, and you ministered to me! On these words of His all our work is based." ~ Mother Teresa

"How many times we have picked up in the streets human beings who had been living like animals and were longing to die like angels!" ~ Mother Teresa

"If we remember that God loves us, and that we can love others as He loves us, then America can become a sign of peace for the world. From here, a sign of care for the weakest of the weak - the unborn child - must go out to the world. If you become a burning light of justice and peace in the world, then really you will be true to what the founders of this country stood for. God bless you!" ~ Mother Teresa

"Your spirit is the duster of any spider web. Behind every finish line, there is a start one. Behind every success, there is another challenge. While you are alive, be alive. If you miss what you once did, do it again. Don't live in yellow photos... Continue although everyone expects you to give up. Don't let oxide the iron that is inside you. Do that instead of pity, and they will respect you. When because of years you cannot run, jog. When you cannot jog, walk. When you cannot walk, use a cane. But never stop!" ~ Mother Teresa

"I never looked at the masses as my responsibility. I can only love one person at a time. So I began. I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn't pick up that one person, I wouldn't have picked up forty-two thousand." ~ Mother Teresa

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence." ~ Mother Teresa

"There are others who take up that (liberating) role. I have no time to spend for that." ~ Mother Teresa

"We think we do so much for the poor, but it is they who make us rich" ~ 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

"A Christian is the dwelling place of the living God. He created me, he chose me, He came to dwell in me, because he wanted me. Now that you have known how much God is in love with you it is but natural that you spend the rest of your life radiating that love." ~ Mother Teresa

"Everything starts with prayer. Love to pray-feel the need to pray often during the day and take the trouble to pray. If you want to pray better, you must pray more. The more you pray, the easier it becomes. Perfect prayer does not consist of many words but in the fervor of the desire which raises the heart to Jesus." ~ Mother Teresa

"Jesus announced which will be the criteria of the final judgment of our lives: we will be judged according to love.We will be judged according to the poor of spirit or money." ~ Mother Teresa

"You should never lose heart. God is merciful and kind- he has endowed you with the best gift- smile, which can make millions happy." ~ Mother Teresa

"In our home (for the dying at Kali Ghat) in Calcutta, there is great peace, unity and love. Many Hindu families bring food, clothing nonstop to our home for the dying. This is an act of love. I didn't ask them. They have only heard about what I am doing and they all come." ~ Mother Teresa

"Communion with Christ gives us our strength, our joy, and our love." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you're too busy to pray...you're too busy" ~ Mother Teresa

"In vocal prayer we speak to God; in mental prayer he speaks to us. It is then that God pours Himself into us." ~ Mother Teresa

"you [priests] are called 'another Christ.'" ~ Mother Teresa

"God speaks in the silence of the heart." ~ Mother Teresa

"Let's not pray long, drawn-out prayers, but let's pray short ones full of love. Let us pray on behalf of those who do not pray. Let us remember, if we want to be able to love, we must be able to pray!" ~ Mother Teresa

"Nobody can change your religion unless you want to and God gives you the grace. It's between you and God alone. Nobody can force you." ~ Mother Teresa

"Spread love whenever you go." ~ Mother Teresa

"The fruit of faith is love." ~ Mother Teresa

"People are not hungry just for bread, they are hungry for love." ~ Mother Teresa

"I see somebody dying, I pick him up." ~ Mother Teresa

"Thank God we don't serve God with our feelings, otherwise I don't know where I would be. - Pray for me." ~ Mother Teresa

"My television is the tabernacle." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us." ~ Mother Teresa

"Give people not only your care, but also your heart." ~ Mother Teresa

"I think that a person who is attached to riches, who lives with the worry of riches, is actually very poor. If this person puts his money at the service of others, then he is rich, very rich." ~ Mother Teresa

"On certain continents poverty is more spiritual than material, a poverty that consists of loneliness, discouragement, and the lack of meaning in life." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer to be fruitful must come from the heart and must be able to touch the heart of God." ~ Mother Teresa

"Maybe if I didn't pick up that one person, I wouldn't have picked up forty-two thousand." ~ Mother Teresa

"Real prayer is union with God, a union as vital as that of the vine to the branch." ~ 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

"Prayer does not demand that we interrupt our work, but that we continue working as if it were a prayer." ~ Mother Teresa

"People are hungry for God. Do you see that? Quite often we look but do not see. We are all passing through this world. We need to open our eyes and see." ~ Mother Teresa

"I do not agree with a big way of doing things. What matters is the individual. If we wait till we get numbers, then we will be lost in the numbers and we will never be able to show that love and respect for the person." ~ Mother Teresa

"You can and you must expect suffering." ~ Mother Teresa

"I am sure that all people know deep down inside that the little child in the mother's womb is a human being from the moment of conception, created in the image of God to love and be loved. Let us pray that nobody will be afraid to protect that little child, to help that little child to be born. Jesus said: 'If you receive a little child in my name, you receive me.'" ~ Mother Teresa

"The best way to show your gratitude to God and people is to accept everything with joy....We may not be able to give much but we can always give the joy that springs from a heart that is in love with God. All over the world people are hungry and thirsty for God's love. We meet that hunger by spreading joy. Joy is one of the best safeguards against temptation." ~ Mother Teresa

"You who have received so much love, show your love by protecting the sacredness of life. The sacredness of life is the greatest gifts that God has given us." ~ Mother Teresa

"A beautiful death is for people who have lived like animals to die like angels." ~ Mother Teresa

"What you do to these men on California's Death Row, you do to God." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you can't feed 100 just feed ONE." ~ Mother Teresa

"These are very unskillful comparisons to represent so precious a thing, but I am not clever enough to think out any more: the real truth is that joy makes the soul so forgetful of itself, and of everything, that it is conscious of nothing, and able to speak of nothing, save of that which proceeds from its joy... Let us join with this soul, my daughters all. Why should we want to be more sensible than she? What can give us greater pleasure than to do as she does? And may all the creatures join with us for ever and ever. Amen, amen, amen." ~ 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

"God Is Using Gianna Jessen To Remind The World, That Each Human Being Is Precious To Him." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is not possible to speak of the right to choose when a clear moral evil is involved, when what is at stake is the commandment, Do not kill!" ~ Mother Teresa

"Jesus loved everyone, but he loved children most of all. Today we know that unborn children are the targets of destruction. We must thank our parents for wanting us, for loving us and for taking such good care of us." ~ Mother Teresa

"Religion has nothing to do with compassion; it is our love for God that is the main thing because we have all been created for the sole purpose to love and be loved." ~ Mother Teresa

"These concerns (for orphan children in India and elsewhere in the world) are very good, but often these same people are not concerned with the millions that are killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"In the poor we meet Jesus in his most distressing disguises." ~ Mother Teresa

"Let us make that one point - that no child will be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, or killed and thrown away." ~ Mother Teresa

"But still, everything is for Jesus; so like that everything is beautiful, even though it is difficult." ~ 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

"If you want to pray better, you have to pray more." ~ Mother Teresa

"You can't do God's work without suffering." ~ Mother Teresa

"…Spread your love everywhere you go." ~ Mother Teresa

"I always say "if you are afraid of them (the unborn), give them to me. Please, don't kill them."" ~ Mother Teresa

"The fruit of Silence is Prayer." ~ Mother Teresa

"Nobody can force you, not even the holy prophets." ~ Mother Teresa

"Anybody who helps the poor is delighted." ~ Mother Teresa

"Lord, help us to accept the pains and conflicts that come to us each day as opportunities to grow as people and become more like you." ~ Mother Teresa

"We must see Christ in the disturbing disguise of the poor." ~ Mother Teresa

"Many people (who go to her as volunteers) have found peace, joy and unity in their families by helping the poor." ~ Mother Teresa

"I am busy with my work. My path is clear." ~ Mother Teresa

"If people spent one hour per week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion would be ended" ~ Mother Teresa

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

"There should be less talk. . . . What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough." ~ Mother Teresa

"The true way and the sure way to friendship is through humility-being open to each other, accepting each other just as we are, knowing each other." ~ Mother Teresa

"Works of love are always to accept and respect others." ~ Mother Teresa

"Today somebody is suffering, today somebody is in the street, today somebody is hungry. ... We have only today to make Jesus known, loved, served, fed, clothed, sheltered. Do not wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow we will not have them if we do not feed them today." ~ Mother Teresa

"We never had any problem from them. Jyoti Basu has been very kind to us. He was the one who told me "Mother, please do something for these (jail) girls. He has been helpful and always accessible to us over phone. We also never had any problem whenever we wanted to meet him." ~ Mother Teresa

"Jesus has very clearly said in the gospel. "Whatever you do, do to the least of my brethren." Clear? That was the work of Jesus." ~ Mother Teresa

"Abortion is profoundly anti-women." ~ Mother Teresa

"The joy of the presence of Jesus, you must be able to give wherever you go. But you cannot give what you don't have. That's why you need a pure heart, a pure heart that you will receive as a fruit of your prayer, as a fruit of your oneness with Christ." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you try, you will find it impossible to do one great thing. You can only do many small things with great love." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer is in all things, in all gestures." ~ Mother Teresa

"As each Sister is to become a Co-Worker of Christ in the slums, each ought to understand what God and the Missionaries of Charity expect from her. Let Christ radiate and live his life in her and through her in the slums. Let the poor, seeing her, be drawn to Christ and invite him to enter their homes and their lives. Let the sick and suffering find in her a real angel of comfort and consolation. Let the little ones of the streets cling to her because she reminds them of him, the friend of the little ones." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you pray more you will pray better." ~ Mother Teresa

"Holy living consists in doing God's work with a smile." ~ Mother Teresa

"You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is easy to be proud & harsh & selfish - so easy. But we have been created for better things." ~ Mother Teresa

"Even if I wanted, I cannot do anything. When they die, we always send for their co-religionists. Muslims take the Muslim's body to bury it, Hindus come and take away the dead to be cremated and Christians come and bury their dead." ~ Mother Teresa

"God loves the world through us." ~ Mother Teresa

"To love others as God loves you, that is the measure of success" ~ Mother Teresa

"We have a vow to give wholeheartedly everything to the poor." ~ Mother Teresa

"The Cross will be for us as it was for Christ: proof of the greatest love." ~ Mother Teresa

"‎We are already taking care of people from jail. Hundred and ten non-criminal women are already with us in Shantidhan (abode of peace)." ~ Mother Teresa

"I was asked why I did not give a rod with which to fish, in the hands of the poor, rather than give the fish itself as this makes them remain poor. So I told them: The people whom we pick up are not able to stand with a rod. So today I will give them fish and when they are able to stand, then I shall send them to you and you can give them the rod. That is your job. Let me do my work today." ~ Mother Teresa

"Real prayer is union with God." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is by forgiving that one is forgiven." ~ Mother Teresa

"From the moment a soul has the grace to know God, she must seek." ~ Mother Teresa

"In Calcutta alone, we have given more than 1,000 children in adoption. I cannot calculate how many babies we get a year. But we never refuse anybody. Everybody is most welcome." ~ Mother Teresa

"Faith keeps the person who keeps the faith." ~ Mother Teresa

"We do our work for Jesus and with Jesus. It's not a matter of praying some times and working others. We pray the work." ~ Mother Teresa

"How can I act in an impersonal manner? When a man dies in the street for want of food, how can I ignore him? When I find a starving or naked man in the street, I cannot walk past him. I think no human being can do that." ~ Mother Teresa

"The poor give us much more than we give them. They're such strong people, living day to day with no food. And they never curse, never complain. We don't have to give them pity or sympathy. We have so much to learn from them." ~ Mother Teresa

"We all long for heaven where God is, but we have it in our power to be in heaven with him right now-to be happy with him at this very moment. But being happy with him now means." ~ Mother Teresa

"Living intensely each present day means letting Christ dwell within you. His words are so clear: Today I would like to enter your home." ~ Mother Teresa

"Give! Give the love you have received to those around you. You must love with your time, your hands, and your hearts. You need to share all that you have." ~ Mother Teresa

"My secret is a very simple one: I pray. To pray to Christ is to love him." ~ Mother Teresa

"Silence gives us a new outlook on everything. 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." ~ Mother Teresa

"If there are poor on the moon, we will go there too." ~ Mother Teresa

"Lord, help us to see in your crucifixion and resurrection an example of how to endure and seemingly to die in the agony and conflict of daily life, so that we may live more fully and creatively. You accepted patiently and humbly the rebuffs of human life, as well as the torture of the cross. Help us to accept the pains and conflicts that come to us each day as opportunity to grow as people and become more like you-make us realize that it is only by frequent deaths of ourselves, and our self-centered desires that we can come to live more fully, only by dying with you that we can rise with you." ~ Mother Teresa

"Duty is a very personal thing. It is what comes from knowing the need to take action and not just a need to urge others to do something." ~ Mother Teresa

"Faith is more important to me than life itself because without it there would be no fullness of life." ~ Mother Teresa

"Words lead to deeds, they prepare the soul, make it ready, and move it to tenderness." ~ 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

"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." ~ 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

"By praying ... If you want to pray better, you must pray more." ~ Mother Teresa

"But I feel that 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." ~ Mother Teresa

"In loving one another through our works we bring an increase of grace and a growth in divine love." ~ Mother Teresa

"Our life of contemplation shall retain the following characteristics: —missionary: by going out physically or in spirit in search of souls all over the universe. —contemplative: by gathering the whole universe at the very center of our hearts where the Lord of the universe abides, and allowing the pure water of divine grace to flow plentifully and unceasingly from the source itself, on the whole of his creation. —universal: by praying and contemplating with all and for all, especially with and for the spiritually poorest of the poor." ~ Mother Teresa

"Our vow of chastity is nothing but our undivided love for Christ in chastity, then we proceed to the freedom of poverty-poverty is nothing but freedom. And that total surrender is obedience. If I belong to God, if I belong to Christ, then he must be able to use me. That is obedience. Then we give wholehearted service to the poor. That is service. They complete each other. That is our life." ~ Mother Teresa

"We never try to convert those who receive (aid) to Christianity but in our work we bear witness to the love of God's presence and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this better men - simply better - we will be satisfied. It matters to the individual what church he belongs to. If that individual thinks and believes that this is the only way to God for her or him, this is the way God comes into their life - his life. If he does not know any other way and if he has no doubt so that he does not need to search then this is his way to salvation." ~ Mother Teresa

"God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer." ~ Mother Teresa

"Every adult was once a child free from prejudice." ~ Mother Teresa

"If we were able to see God's image in our neighbor, do you think weapons and generals would be needed?" ~ Mother Teresa

"Let us remain as empty as possible so that God can fill us up." ~ Mother Teresa

"O God, how easily I make them happy! Give me strength to be always the light of their lives and so lead them to You!" ~ Mother Teresa

"The more we empty ourselves, the more room we give God to fill us." ~ Mother Teresa

"I prefer to make a mistake because I am too kind than to perform miracles without any kindness." ~ Mother Teresa

"Without our suffering, our work would simply be social work, very good and helpful, but it would not be the work of Jesus Christ, not part of the Redemption." ~ Mother Teresa

"My key to heaven is that I loved Jesus in the night." ~ Mother Teresa

"We do not strive for spectacular actions. What counts is the gift of yourself, the degree of love you put into each of your deeds." ~ Mother Teresa

"Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger." ~ Mother Teresa

"In each of our lives Jesus comes as the Bread of Life - to be eaten, to be consumed by us. This is how He loves us. Then Jesus comes in our human life as the hungry one, the other, hoping to be fed with the Bread of our life, our hearts by loving, and our hands by serving. In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in the likeness of God, for God is Love and when we love we are like God. This is what Jesus meant when He said, "Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect." ~ Mother Teresa

"Jesus wants me to tell you again...how much is the love He has for each one of you-beyond all what you can imagine...Not only He loves you, even more - He longs for you. He misses you when you don't come close. He thirsts for you. He loves you always, even when you don't feel worthy." ~ Mother Teresa

"Put yourself completely under the influence of Jesus, so that he may think his thoughts in your mind, do his work through your hands, for you will be all-powerful with him to strengthen you." ~ Mother Teresa

"I feel called to help individuals, to love each human being. I never think in terms of crowds in general but in terms of persons. Were I to think about crowds, I would never begin anything." ~ Mother Teresa

"In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in the likeness of God, for God is Love and when we love we are like God." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"The beginning of prayer is silence." ~ Mother Teresa

"When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now." ~ Mother Teresa

"Failure is merely feedback that there is something blocking the path of the emergence and expansion of the greatest version of yourself." ~ Mother Teresa

"A day lived without doing something good for others is a day not worth living." ~ Mother Teresa

"Do not look for Jesus away from yourselves. He is not out there; He is in you. Keep your lamp burning, and you will recognize him." ~ 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

"We must love prayer. It widens the heart to the point of making it capable of containing the gift that God makes of himself. Ask and seek, and your heart will be widened to welcome him and to keep him within itself." ~ Mother Teresa

"A family that prays together stays together. As we are united at this moment, let us join also the prayer of all and everyone. What you can do I cannot do. And what I can do you cannot do. But all of us together are doing something beautiful for God." ~ Mother Teresa

"We must become holy, not because we want to feel holy, but because Christ must be able to live his life fully in us." ~ Mother Teresa

"We must never get into the habit of being preoccupied with the future. There is no reason to do so. God is there." ~ 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

"Suffering, if it is accepted together, borne together, is joy." ~ Mother Teresa

"The poor are our brothers and sisters ... people in the world who need love, who need care, who have to be wanted." ~ Mother Teresa

"I will not pray clarity for you. Clarity is the crutch of the Christian. But I will pray trust for you, that your trust will increase." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"How sad it is when someone comes to you looking for Jesus and all they see is you." ~ Mother Teresa

"Our hours of adoration will be special hours of reparation for sins, and intercession for the needs of the whole world, exposing the sin-sick and suffering humanity to the healing, sustaining and transforming rays of Jesus, radiating from the Eucharist." ~ Mother Teresa

"Riches, both material and spiritual, can choke you if you do not use them fairly. For not even God can put anything in a heart that is already full." ~ Mother Teresa

"The poverty of the West is far more difficult to solve than the poverty of India." ~ Mother Teresa

"If sometimes our poor people have had to die of starvation, it is not that God didn't care for them, but because you and I didn't give, were not an instrument of love in the hands of God, to give them that bread, to give them that clothing; because we did not recognize him, when once more Christ came in distressing disguise, in the hungry man, in the lonely man, in the homeless child, and seeking for shelter." ~ Mother Teresa

"Though we are involved in social work, our goal is to be contemplatives at the heart of the world. We are with Jesus twenty-four hours a day. We do everything for Jesus. We do it all unto Jesus." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is not what to do, but how much love we put into the doing. We can do not greats, only small things with great love." - Mother Theresa" ~ Mother Teresa

"Many people are very, very concerned with the children in India, with the children in Africa where quite a number die, maybe of malnutrition, of hunger and so on, but millions are dying deliberately by the will of the mother. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today. Because if a mother can kill her own child - what is left for me to kill you and you kill me -- there is nothing between." ~ Mother Teresa

"Peace begins wilt smile." ~ Mother Teresa

"The first time I received an award, I was very surprised. I did not know whether to accept it or not. But I came to the conclusion that I should accept awards in the name of the poorest poor, as a form of homage to them. I think that basically, when awards are given to me, the existence of the poor in the world is being recognized." ~ Mother Teresa

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. God loves a cheerful giver. She gives most who gives with joy." ~ Mother Teresa

"The way to plan the family is natural family planning not contraception. In destroying the power of giving life, through contraception, a husband or wife is doing something to self, and so it destroys the gift of life in him or her" ~ Mother Teresa

"Good works are links that form a chain of love" Mother Theresa" ~ Mother Teresa

"It is a just retribution for improper sexual misconduct" ~ Mother Teresa

"Holiness is not a luxury for the few; it is not just for some people. It is meant for you and for me and for all of us. It is a simple duty, because if we learn to love, we learn to be holy." ~ Mother Teresa

"There is thing you can do but I can not and there is thing I can but you can not; so let us make something beautiful together" ~ Mother Teresa

"Behold , I have graven you upon the palm of my hand, that is what Jesus came on earth to do: to proclaim, to give us the Good News that God loves us, that we are precious to Him." ~ Mother Teresa

"Once I asked my counsellor for advice about my vocation. I asked, 'How can I know if God is calling me and for what he is calling me?' He answered, 'You will know by your happiness. If you are happy with the idea that God calls you to serve him and your neighbour, this will be the proof of your vocation.'" ~ Mother Teresa

"Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Be holy let us pray." ~ Mother Teresa

"We may not be able to give much but we can always give the joy that springs in a heart that is in LOVE WITH GOD." ~ Mother Teresa

"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?" ~ Mother Teresa

"I can do only one thing, like a little dog follow closely the Master's footsteps. Pray that I be a cheerful dog." ~ Mother Teresa

"We complicate prayer as we complicate many things. It is to love Jesus with undivided love-for you, for me, for all of us. And that undivided love is put into action when we do as Jesus said, love as I have loved you" ~ 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

"It is only by frequent deaths of ourselves and our self-centered desires that we can come to live more fully." ~ Mother Teresa

"Without out suffering, our work would just be social work, very good and helpful, but it would not be the work of Jesus Christ, not part of the Redemption. All the desolation of the poor people, not only their material poverty, but their spiritual destitution, must be redeemed. And we must share it, for only by being one with them can we redeem them by bringing God into their lives and bringing them to God." ~ Mother Teresa

"If we really want to love, if we really want to live, we must love until it hurts . . . No Rotarian whose motto is Service Above Self, I think, should call himself a Rotarian if he does not make time to serve . . . If we love, we begin to serve" ~ Mother Teresa

"It takes oil to keep the lamps burning." ~ Mother Teresa

"Recovering in a Calcutta, India hospital. I think I'm more difficult than critical." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you have not the experience, ask. There is no shame in asking, but do not pretend you know when you don't." ~ Mother Teresa

"Death, in the final analysis, is only the easiest and quickest means to go back to God. If only we could make people understand that we come from God and that we have to go back to Him!" ~ Mother Teresa

"I repeat that the poor, the sufferers from leprosy, the rejected, the alcoholics, whom we serve, are beautiful people. Many of them have wonderful personalities. The experience which we have by serving them, we must pass on to people who have not had that wonderful experience." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"Joy is the characteristic by which God uses us to re-make the distressing into the desired, the discarded into the creative. Joy is prayer-Joy is strength-Joy is love-Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls." ~ Mother Teresa

"I have a primary responsibility to myself; to make myself into the best person I can possibly be. Then and only then, will I have something worthwhile to share.- I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love." ~ 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

"I remember I picked up a person from the street who was nearly eaten up with maggots, and he said, I have lived like an animal, but I am going to die like an angel, loved and cared for." ~ Mother Teresa

"God demands not that I be successful, but that I be faithful." ~ Mother Teresa

"Peace beings with a smile" ~ Mother Teresa

"Loneliness and the feeling that you're no use to anyone - the worst kind of poverty." ~ Mother Teresa

"When a poor person dies I want then to die in the arms of somebody who loves them. I want them to be able to look for the last time into the eyes of somebody who cares for them" ~ Mother Teresa

"Then we have the silence of the eyes which will always help us to see God. Our eyes are like two windows through which Christ or the world comes to our hearts. Often we need great courage to keep them closed. How often we say, I wish I had not seen this thing, and yet we take so little trouble to overcome the desire to see everything." ~ Mother Teresa

"Why can't there be love that never gets tired?" ~ Mother Teresa

"Life's a song,sing it" ~ Mother Teresa

"If we are Christians, we must look like Christ - this is my deep conviction." ~ Mother Teresa

"All we do our prayers our work our suffering is for Jesus. Our life has no other reason or motivation." ~ Mother Teresa

"love only variously everyday The meaning of love" ~ Mother Teresa

"Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is much easier to conquer a country than to conquer ourselves." ~ 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

"When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread. But a person who is shut out, who feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person who has been thrown out of society - that spiritual poverty is much harder to overcome. 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

"The mass is the spiritual food that sustains me, without which I could not get through one single day or hour in my life; in the mass we have Jesus in the appearance of bread. While in the slums we see Christ and touch him in the broken bodies, in the abandoned children." ~ Mother Teresa

"Lord give me this seeing faith, then my work will never be monotonous. I will find joy in humoring the fancies and gratifying the wishes of all poor sufferers. O beloved sick, how doubly dear you are to me, when you personify Christ; and what a privilege is mine to be allowed to tend you." ~ Mother Teresa

"Follow the path of serenity. Why lose your temper if by losing it you offend God, trouble your neighbor and in the end have to set things aright anyway?" ~ Mother Teresa

"We must pray to Jesus to give us that tenderness of the Eucharist." ~ Mother Teresa

"There is but one love of Jesus, as there is but one person in the poor - Jesus. We take vows of chastity to love Christ with undivided love; to be able to love him with undivided love we take a vow of poverty which frees us from all material possessions, and with that freedom we can love him with undivided love, and from this vow of undivided love we surrender ourselves totally to him in the person who takes his place." ~ Mother Teresa

"One day I met a lady who was dying of cancer in a most terrible condition. And I told her, I say, "You know, this terrible pain is only the kiss of Jesus - a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you."" ~ Mother Teresa

"Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you." ~ Mother Teresa

"In order for us to be able to love, we need to have faith, because faith is love in action and love in action is service. In order for us to be able to love, we have to see and touch. Faith in action through prayer, faith in action through service: each is the same thing, the same love, the same compassion." ~ Mother Teresa

"In the silence of our hearts, God speaks of His love; with our silence, we allow Jesus to love us." ~ Mother Teresa

"Jesus has said "Come, blessed of my Father, take the seat in the kingdom prepared for you, because I was hungry you gave me food, I was thirsty you have me drink, I was naked you clothed me, I was homeless you took me home and I was sick you visited me." And we are just doing that." ~ Mother Teresa

"Anybody who helps the poor is delighted. So naturally, they (critics) are not very happy with us." ~ Mother Teresa

"Very less to say, I can make one Catholic or Protestant." ~ Mother Teresa

"Every time I ask for visa, they (USA) give me visa for five years. I have never had any problem in getting a visa to any nation." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you are Catholic, and some other person comes to you seeking guidance, naturally you take him straight away to someone who can show him God's love." ~ Mother Teresa

"Every country I love and I am a child of God to love the humans." ~ Mother Teresa

"If a Hindu wants to find the way to God, he has the right to go to any priest, nun or any other person." ~ Mother Teresa

"Whatever we get from the government or other people - even one rupee we get, we give it to the poor. Completely free service." ~ Mother Teresa

"I don't look at anything. Every person whether he is Hindu, Muslim or Buddhist, he is my brother, my sister. I think we all do like that." ~ Mother Teresa

"There are others who take up that (liberating) role. I have no time to spend for that." ~ Mother Teresa

"I am busy with my work. My path is clear. I see somebody dying, I pick him up. I find somebody hungry, I give him food. He can love and be loved. I don't look at his color, I don't look at his religion." ~ 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

"In our home (for the dying at Kali Ghat) in Calcutta, there is great peace, unity and love. Many Hindu families bring food, clothing nonstop to our home for the dying. This is an act of love. I didn't ask them. They have only heard about what I am doing and they all come." ~ 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

"[West Bengal state] Government has decided that non-criminal persons should not be kept in these kind of places and asked us to take care of them. They should live in an atmosphere of love. They need to be loved." ~ Mother Teresa

"Nobody can change your religion unless you want to and God gives you the grace. It's between you and God alone. Nobody can force you." ~ 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

"I see somebody dying, I pick him up." ~ Mother Teresa

"I am busy with my work. My path is clear." ~ Mother Teresa

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