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born 1910

Saint Teresa of Calcutta knew by age 12 she was meant for a religious life. Her mother {a devout widow} taught her to invite the world to her table and find meaning in sharing + caring for all people. Teresa dedicated her life to doing just that.

As a nun, she started small, doing solo outreach in India's poorest districts. Her person-to-person approach quickly went worldwide after she established a new order, Missionaries of Charity, which spread the Good Word and good work to all 7 continents. Though seen as a saint for the 100s of clinics, schools + homes she helped establish, Teresa always deflected individual attention, saying it was more important for people to "know the poor."

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her quotes

all quotes by Saint Teresa {Mother Teresa} (13)

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

Spiritual Gems of Mother Teresa | january 1950

"Let us do something beautiful for God."

to Malcom Muggeridge | march 1971

"How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live."

Nobel Lecture | december 1979

"We have been created to love and be loved."

Nobel Lecture | december 1979

"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do."

Nobel Lecture | december 1979

"Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love..."

Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech | december 1979

"Material poverty you can always satisfy with material. The unwanted, the unloved, the uncared, the forgotten, the lonely—this is much greater poverty."

Mother Teresa | 1986

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

Mother Teresa | 1986

"We are the best market; we are selling love."

Mother Teresa | 1986

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

Gonzaga High School commencement address | june 1988

"[T]he less you have, the more free you are."

Interview with Mother Teresa: A Pencil in the Hand of God | december 1989

"Poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty—it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality."

A Simple Path | october 1995

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

Spiritual Gems from Mother Teresa | 2008
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curated with care by Alicia Williamson {september 2014}