Teresa Of Calcutta Quotes

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I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.
Mother Teresa
The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love.
Mother Teresa
It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
Mother Teresa
There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough.
Mother Teresa
How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers." ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Mother Teresa
Jangan mencari yang besar-besar, cukup mengerjakan yang kecil-kecil dengan cinta yang besar. Makin kecil yang kita hadapi harus makin besar cinta yang kita berikan
Mother Teresa (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
But still, everything is for Jesus; so like that everything is beautiful, even though it is difficult.
Mother Teresa (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing
Mother Teresa (The Joy in Loving)
She knows how to suffer and at the same time how to laugh.
Mother Teresa (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
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 (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
Life is beauty admire it!
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 (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
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 (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
What mattered to her was that she loved God, whether or not He granted her the consolation and joy of His felt presence.
Brian Kolodiejchuk (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the "Saint of Calcutta" (Wheeler Large Print Book Series))
The smile that covered a "multitude of pains" was no hypocritical mask. She was trying to hide her sufferings - even from God! - so as not to make others, especially the poor, suffer because of them. When she promised to do "a little extra praying & smiling" for one of her friends, she was alluding to an acutely painful and costly sacrifice: to pray when prayer was so difficult and to smile when her interior pain was agonizing.
Brian Kolodiejchuk (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the "Saint of Calcutta" (Wheeler Large Print Book Series))
And so I urge you to still every motion that is not rooted in the Kingdom. Become quiet, hushed, motionless until you are finally centered. Strip away all excess baggage and nonessential trappings until you have come into the stark reality of the Kingdom of God. Let go of all distractions until you are driven into the Core. Allow God to reshuffle your priorities and eliminate unnecessary froth. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, 'Pray for me that I not loosen my grip on the hands of Jesus even under the guise of ministering to the poor.' That is our first task: to grip the hands of Jesus with such tenacity that we are obliged to follow his lead, to seek first his Kingdom.
Richard J. Foster (Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World)
To commit herself to becoming "an apostle of Joy" when humanly speaking she might have felt at the brink of despair, was heroic indeed. She could do so because her joy was rooted in the certitude of the ultimate goodness of God's loving plan for her. And though her faith in this truth did not touch her soul with consolation, she ventured to meet the challenges of life with a smile. Her one lever was her blind trust in God.
Brian Kolodiejchuk (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the "Saint of Calcutta" (Wheeler Large Print Book Series))
To the good God nothing is little because He is so great and we so small- that is why He stoops down and takes the trouble to make those little things for us- to give us a chance to prove our love for Him.
Mother Teresa (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
to bring souls to God- and God to souls.
Mother Teresa (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
The burning zeal....that had led her to India had apparently vanished. At the same time....she clung steadfastly to the faith she professed, and without a drop of consolation, labored wholeheartedly in her daily service....of the poor.
Brian Kolodiejchuk (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the "Saint of Calcutta" (Wheeler Large Print Book Series))
He has told us that He is the hungry one. He is the naked one. He is the thirsty one. He is the one without a home. He is the one who is suffering. These are our treasures, she said, looking at the rows of pallets in the caravanserai. They are Jesus.
Mother Teresa
There is so much deep contradiction in my soul. Such deep longing for God - so deep that it is painful - a suffering continual - and yet not wanted by God - repulsed - empty - no faith - no love - no zeal. Souls hold no attraction - Heaven means nothing - to me it looks like an empty place - the thought of it means nothing to me and yet this torturing longing for God. Pray for me please that I keep smiling at Him in spite of everything. For I am only His - so He has every right over me. I am perfectly happy to be nobody even to God. . . . Your devoted child in J.C. M. Teresa
Brian Kolodiejchuk (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the "Saint of Calcutta" (Wheeler Large Print Book Series))
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 for God.
Mother Teresa
For the first time in this 11 years--I have come to love the darkness--for I believe now that it is a part, a very, very small part of Jesus' dakness and pain on earth. You have taught me to accept it [as] a "spiritual side of 'your work'"... (Mother Teresa, quoated in Kolodiejchuk, p. 208).
Brian Kolodiejchuk (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
Why do people often feel bad in good environments and good in bad environments? Why did Mother Teresa think that affluent Westerners often seemed poorer than the Calcutta poor, the poorest of the poor? The paradox comes to pass because the impoverishments and enrichments of a self in a world are not necessarily the same as the impoverishments and enrichments of an organism in an environment.
Walker Percy (Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book)
Words that do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.
Mother Teresa
We need to find God and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees and flowers and grass—grow in silence. See the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life.
Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa's Anyway Poem People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; It was never between you and them anyway. Inscribed on the wall of Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta.
Mother Teresa
The personal love Christ has for you is infinite - the small difficulty you have regarding the church is finite.... What is happening on the surface of the church will pass, but Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Mary Poplin (Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service (Veritas Books))
If you could know how happy I am, as Jesus' little spouse. No one....could I envy, because I am enjoying my complete happiness, even when I suffer something for my beloved Spouse.
Brian Kolodiejchuk (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the "Saint of Calcutta" (Wheeler Large Print Book Series))
Well, that was interesting,” she says. “If Paul Donovan is an informant for Serious Crimes, then I’m Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Ernesto H. Lee (Out Of Time (The Dream Traveler #1))
Facing the media is more difficult than bathing a leper. —MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Colin Dexter (Death Is Now My Neighbor (Inspector Morse, #12))
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. She said: “We must be very proud of our vocation because it gives us the opportunity to serve Christ in the poor.
Pope Francis (The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church)
Bring all you are suffering to [Jesus] . . . only open your heart to be loved by Him as you are. He will do the rest. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta,
Bob Schuchts (Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life)
Mother Teresa was once asked by a journalist why she does what she does, that is, how she is able to take the dying poor from the streets of Calcutta, nurse and love them. Her response reflected her deep self-knowledge: “I realized a long time ago that I had a Hitler within me.”2 This realization became the basis of her self-transcendence and of her unique holiness.
Wayne Teasdale (The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions)
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,
Mother Teresa (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.
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 (Jesus is My All in All: Praying with the "Saint of Calcutta")
If we are humble, nothing will change us, neither praise, nor discouragement.
Mother Teresa
When we come face to face with God, we are going to be judged on how much we loved.
Mother Teresa
A British journalist once asked Mother Teresa how she kept going, knowing that she could never meet the needs of all the dying in the streets of Calcutta. She replied, “I am not called to be successful; I’m called to be faithful.
Kenneth E. Bailey (Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels)
More lives were taken on purpose in the war on Nicaraguan “subversion” than have been saved by all the missionaries in Calcutta even by accident. Yet this brute utilitarian calculus is never employed against Mother Teresa, even by the sort of sophists who would deploy its moral and physical equivalent in her favor. So: silence on the death squads and on the Duvaliers and noisy complaint against the Sandinistas, and the whole act baptized as an apolitical intervention by someone whose kingdom is not of this world.
Christopher Hitchens (The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice)
Your False Self is who you think you are. Your thinking does not make it true. Your False Self is almost entirely a social construct to get you started on your life journey. It is a set of agreements between your childhood and your parents, your family, your neighbors, your school chums, your partner or spouse, and your religion. It is your “container” for your separate self. 4 Jesus would call it your “wineskin,” which he points out usually cannot hold any new wine (Mark 2: 21–22). Your ego container likes to stay “contained” and hates change. Your False Self is how you define yourself outside of love, relationship, or divine union. After you have spent many years laboriously building this separate self, with all its labels and preoccupations, you are very attached to it. And why wouldn’t you be? It’s what you know and all you know. To move beyond it will always feel like losing or dying. Perhaps you have noticed that master teachers like Jesus and the Buddha, St. Francis, all the “Teresas” (Avila, Lisieux, and Calcutta), Hafiz, Kabir, and Rumi talk about dying much more than we are comfortable with. They all know that if you do not learn the art of dying and letting go early, you will hold onto your False Self far too long, until it kills you anyway.
Richard Rohr (Immortal Diamond: The search for our true self)
We’re lonely. Mother Teresa called loneliness the leprosy of the Western world, maybe even more devastating than Calcutta poverty.9 Loneliness drives us to talk about ourselves to excess and to turn conversations toward ourselves. It makes us grasp on to others, thinking their role is to meet our needs, and it shrinks the space we have in our souls for welcoming others in. That loneliness would keep us from listening, and others from listening to us, is a tragedy, because being listened to is one of the great assurances in this universe that we are not alone.
Adam S. McHugh (The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction)
A native is a man or creature or plant indigenous to a limited geographical area - a space boundaried and defined by mountains, rivers, or coastline (not by latitudes, longitudes, or state and county lines), with its own peculiar mixture of weeds, trees, bugs, birds, flowers, streams, hills, rocks, and critters (including people), its own nuances of rain, wind, and seasonal change. Native intelligence develops through an unspoken or soft spoken relationship with these interwoven things: it evolves as the native involves himself in his region. A non-native awakes in the morning in a body in a bed in a room in a building on a street in a county in a state in a nation. A native awakes in the in the center of a little cosmos - or a big one, if his intelligence is vast - and he wears this cosmos like a robe, senses the barely perceptible shiftings, migrations, moods, and machinations of its creatures, its growing green things, its earth and sky. Native intelligence is what Huck Finn had rafting the Mississippi, what Thoreau had by his pond, what Kerouac had in Desolation Lookout and lost entirely the instant he caught a whiff of any city. But some have it in cities - like the Artful Dodger, picking his way through a crowd of London pockets; like Mother Teresa in the Calcutta slums. Sissy Hankshaw had it on freeways, Woody Guthrie in crowds of fruit pickers, Ghandi in jails. Almost everybody has a dab of it wherever he or she feels most at home..
David James Duncan (The River Why)
It is a modern illusion to imagine that positive emotions, sympathy, pity, kindness, and a general but diffused goodwill are equivalent of virtues. These "soft" emotions can serve as a form of narcissistic self-indulgence. Often they are impotent. They make us feel good about ourselves, like when we give a coin to a beggar. They create the illusion of health and well-being. But sensitivity should be used as a diagnostic tool, not as a mirror to our own vanity. Real compassion is potent as it implies the question, "What can I do to help?" The compassion Mother Teresa of Calcutta felt for the dying and dispossessed was always a spur to action, to care, to intelligent conversation.
B.K.S. Iyengar (Light on Life)
The mother and the father must both accept the gift of each child and open themselves to love, making the sacrifices necessary to welcome this new person created in the image of God.
Michael J. Ruszala (Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Witness to Love)
From the majestic pontifical High Mass in St. Peter's to the quiet simplicity of a Quaker meeting; from the intellectual sophistication of Saint Thomas Aquinas to the moving simplicity of spirituals such as "Lord, I want to be a Christian"; from St. Paul's in London, the parish Church of Great Britain, to Mother Teresa in the slums of Calcutta-- all this is Christianity.
Huston Smith (The World's Religions)
Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed, you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint, you will not put yourself on a pedestal. Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
Anthony Vincent Bruno (The Wisdom of the Saints)
RESISTANCE ONLY OPPOSES IN ONE DIRECTION Resistance obstructs movement only from a lower sphere to a higher. It kicks in when we seek to pursue a calling in the arts, launch an innovative enterprise, or evolve to a higher station morally, ethically, or spiritually. So if you're in Calcutta working with the Mother Teresa Foundation and you're thinking of bolting to launch a career in telemarketing. . . relax. Resistance will give you a free pass.
Steven Pressfield (The War of Art)
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.’ Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Anna Smith (To Tell the Truth)
Mother Teresa always said, “Calcuttas are everywhere if only we have eyes to see. Find your Calcutta.
Shane Claiborne (The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical)
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop were not there, I think the ocean would be less by that missing drop.
Mother Teresa
If you are seeking the work God has made you to do, search for the deepest inclination of your heart and follow it to where it meets the suffering of the world.107 Or in the words of Mother Teresa, “Find your own Calcutta.” If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed the one God places in front of you. You must resist the temptation to do nothing because you can do only a little or because you can’t be like someone else who seems more radical. It takes many tiny candles to overcome the darkness.
Anonymous (Subversive Jesus: An Adventure in Justice, Mercy, and Faithfulness in a Broken World)
Prayer for the Miracle of God’s Love3 Our Father, here I am, at your disposal, your child, use me to continue your loving the world, by giving Jesus to me and through me, to each other and to the world. Let us pray for each other, that we allow Jesus to love in us, and through us, with the love with which His Father loves Him. Amen. — BL. MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Larry Richards (Surrender!: The Life-Changing Power of Doing God's Will)
It was her concern and commitment to a friend which last year involved her in perhaps the most emotional period of her life. For five months she secretly helped to care for Adrian Ward-Jackson who had discovered that he was suffering from AIDS. It was a time of laughter, joy and much sorrow as Adrian, a prominent figure in the world of art, ballet and opera, gradually succumbed to his illness. A man of great charisma and energy, Adrian initially found it difficult to come to terms with his fate when in the mid-1980s he was diagnosed as HIV positive. His word as deputy chairman of the Aids Crisis Trust, where he first met the Princess, had made him fully aware of the reality of the disease. Finally he broke the news in 1987 to his great friend Angela Serota, a dancer with the Royal Ballet until a leg injury cut short her career and now prominent in promoting dance and ballet. For much of the time, Angela, a woman of serenity and calm practicality, nursed Adrian, always with the support of her two teenage daughters. He was well enough to receive a CBE at Buckingham Palace in March 1991 for his work in the arts--he was a governor of the Royal Ballet, chairman of the Contemporary Arts Society and a director of the Theatre Museum Association--and it was at a celebratory lunch held at the Tate Gallery that Angela first met the Princess. In April 1991 Adrian’s condition deteriorated and he was confined to his Mayfair apartment where Angela was in almost constant attendance. It was from that time that Diana made regular visits, once even brining her children Princes Willian and Harry. From that time Angela and the Princess began to forge a supportive bond as they cared for their friend. Angela recalls: “I thought she was utterly beautiful in a very profound way. She has an inner spirit which shines forth though there was also a sense of pervasive unhappiness about her. I remember loving the way she never wanted me to be formal.” When Diana brought the boys to see her friends, a reflection of her firmly held belief that her role as mother is to bring them up in a way that equips them for every aspect of life and death, Angela saw in William a boy much older and more sensitive than his years. She recalls: “He had a mature view of illness, a perspective which showed awareness of love and commitment.” At first Angela kept in the background, leaving Diana alone in Adrian’s room where they chatted about mutual friends and other aspects of life. Often she brought Angela, whom she calls “Dame A”, a gift of flowers or similar token. She recalls: “Adrian loved to hear about her day-to-day work and he loved too the social side of life. She made him laugh but there was always the perfect degree of understanding, care and solicitude. This is the point about her, she is not just a decorative figurehead who floats around on a cloud of perfume.” The mood in Mount Street was invariably joyous, that sense of happiness that understands about pain. As Angela says: “I don’t see death as sad or depressing. It was a great journey he was going on. The Princess was very much in tune with that spirit. She also loved coming for herself, it was an intense experience. At the same time Adrian was revitalized by the healing quality of her presence.” Angela read from a number of works by St. Francis of Assisi, Kahil Gibran and the Bible as well as giving Adrian frequent aromatherapy treatments. A high spot was a telephone call from Mother Teresa of Calcutta who also sent a medallion via Indian friends. At his funeral they passed Diana a letter from Mother Teresa saying how much she was looking forward to meeting her when she visited India. Unfortunately Mother Teresa was ill at that time so the Princess made a special journey to Rome where she was recuperating. Nonetheless that affectionate note meant a great deal to the Princess.
Andrew Morton (Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words)
Mother Teresa always said, “Calcuttas are everywhere if only we have eyes to see. Find your Calcutta.” I
Shane Claiborne (The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical)
40. From Those To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Expected When I left school, I worked for six months running a series of self-defence classes around London to earn some money so I could go backpacking. Finally, I saved enough to travel to India, where I had always wanted to go and see the mighty Himalayas with my own eyes. I knew it would take my breath away. But it was the other things I witnessed in India that really blew my mind. In the back streets of Calcutta I saw sights that just should not happen: legless, blind, ragged bodies, lying in filth-strewn gutters, holding out their blistered arms to beg for a few rupees. I felt overwhelmed, inadequate and powerless - all at once. I sought out the mission run by Mother Teresa and saw there how simple things - cleanliness, calm, care and love - made a difference to those in need. These are not costly things to give, and the lesson I learnt was simple: that we all have it within our power to offer something to change a life, even if our pockets are empty. We’ve come to think of charity as being about big telethons or rock stars setting up foundations, but at its heart, charity is about small acts of kindness. No matter the circumstances in which you were brought up, no matter what your job or how much you earn, we all have the capacity to give something - whether it’s time, love or a listening ear to someone in need. And the thing to remember is this: don’t wait until you have more time, money or energy. Mother Teresa said: ‘Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.’ It is a great lesson, and the more we try to do this with whatever little we have, the more real success will gravitate toward us. People will love you back, your own sense of purpose and achievement will grow, and your life will have influence beyond the material. That is a great way to be known and to live your life. For the record: I am definitely still a work in progress on this one, but we all benefit from trying to aspire to this more. So look around you for those in need - you won’t have to look far - and your own life will grow in meaning. Success is not success unless you live this one.
Bear Grylls (A Survival Guide for Life: How to Achieve Your Goals, Thrive in Adversity, and Grow in Character)
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta It is a great poverty to decide that a child must die so that you might live as you wish. — Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Paul Thigpen (My Daily Catholic Bible: 20 Minute Daily Readings)
The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Christoph Schönborn (YOUCAT English: Youth Prayer Book)
Even Mother Teresa, now St. Teresa of Calcutta, who spent her life ministering in the world and truly changed the world through her service, believed this. When she received the Nobel Peace Prize and was asked what people can do to promote world peace, she answered, “Go home and love your family.
Haley Stewart (The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture)
The work we do is nothing more than a means of transforming our love for Christ into something concrete. I didn’t have to find Jesus. Jesus found me and chose me. A strong vocation is based on being possessed by Christ. He is the Life that I want to live. He is the Light that I want to radiate. He is the Love with which I want to love. He is the Joy that I want to share. He is the Peace that I want to sow. Jesus is everything to me. Without Him, I can do nothing.
Mother Teresa (My Life for the Poor: Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
God speaks in the silence of the heart.
Mother Teresa
Suffering by itself has no meaning...But suffering shared with the suffering of Christ has a tremendous meaning...Suffering is really the most beautiful way of growing in holiness to be like Jesus.
Mother Teresa
FOLCO: Ci sono moltissimi stimoli oggi per cui la mente non è mai in pace. Dal rumore della televisione, alla radio in macchina, al telefono che squilla, alla scritta pubblicitaria sull’autobus che ti passa davanti. Non riesci a fare pensieri lunghi. Fai pensieri corti. I pensieri sono corti perché le interruzioni sono frequentissime. TIZIANO: Giustissimo. I pensieri sono corti come uno spot televisivo. E il silenzio non esiste più. FOLCO: Quando lavoravo a Calcutta, Madre Teresa mi ha dato quella che chiamava la sua «carta da visita» su cui c’era scritto «Il frutto del silenzio è la preghiera». Incominci col silenzio. Il silenzio, secondo lei, porta alla preghiera, la preghiera alla fede, la fede all’amore, l’amore all’azione. Ma l’inizio dell’intero processo è il silenzio. Se uno si chiedeva «Come incomincio la mia trasformazione?» lei dava una risposta ben chiara: la incominci col silenzio.
Tiziano Terzani (La fine è il mio inizio)
On August 16, 1946, tensions boiled over in Calcutta. Known today as the “Great Calcutta Killings,” riots between Muslims and Hindus erupted throughout the city. Three days later, 4,000 people had been killed, and over 100,000 people had been left homeless.
Wyatt North (Mother Teresa: A Life Inspired)
Most notably, violence began breaking out between the land’s Hindu and Muslim populations. Tensions were especially high in Calcutta, a city of millions, the population of which was split between Muslims and Hindus.
Wyatt North (Mother Teresa: A Life Inspired)
They provided education for the poor, and love and medical care for those who would otherwise be abandoned, often giving them a sense of dignity and true acceptance in their last days.   In
Michael J. Ruszala (Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Witness to Love)
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.’ – St. Teresa of Calcutta
Ken Untener (The Little Black Book for Lent 2017: Six-minute reflections on the Passion according to John)
I had not yet gotten around to the sociobiologist E. O. Wilson’s Consilience. When I did read it, I discovered on page 286 that people follow religion because it is “easier” than empiricism. That struck a nerve, and provoked a response I shall be candid enough to report. Mr. Wilson: When you have endured an eight-day O-sesshin in a Zen monastery, sitting cross-legged and motionless for twelve hours a day and allowed only three and one-half hours of sleep each night until sleep and dream deprivation bring on a temporary psychosis (my own nondescript self); When you have attended four “rains retreats” at the Insight Buddhist Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts, for a total of one complete year of no reading, no writing, no speaking, and eyes always downcast (my wife); When you have almost died from the austerities you underwent before you attained enlightenment under a bo tree in India; When you have been crucified on Golgatha; When you have been thrown to lions in the Roman coliseum; When you have been in a concentration camp and held on to some measure of dignity through your faith; When you have given your life to providing a dignified death for homeless, destitute women gathered from the streets of Calcutta (Mother Teresa), or played out her counterpart with the poor in New York City (Dorothy Day); When, Mr. Wilson, you have undergone any one of these trials, it will then be time to talk about the ease of religion as compared with the ardors of empiricism.
Huston Smith (Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief)
Take whatever He gives and give whatever He takes with a big smile. "Gospel on five fingers"-as she liked to say, "You-did-this-to-me"-one word for each finger.
Brian Kolodiejchuk (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
Everything is for Jesus, so like that everything is beautiful, even though it is difficult.
Mother Teresa (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
Do not think that my spiritual life is strewn with roses- that is the flower which I hardly ever find on my way. Quite the contrary...I need much grace, much of Christ's strength to persevere in trust...
Mother Teresa (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
My weakness and sinfulness, my inability, my want of many things must cause you fear as it does me- but I am very sure of God. I trust his love.
Mother Teresa (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta)
One corporate executive faced this spiritual crisis and went on a pilgrimage to Calcutta, India, to seek the advice of Mother Teresa. She spoke sharply with him. She told him to go back home to Wisconsin and be a good CEO so that his company might prosper and keep many people gainfully employed. “Bloom where you're planted,” she told him, so that in Milwaukee the Missionaries of Charity would never find “the poorest of the poor.
Scott Hahn (Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace: My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei)
I embrace suffering even before it actually comes, and like this Jesus and I live in love.
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. Amen.
Jon Leonetti (Beginner's Guide To Mother Teresa of Calcutta: (Almost) Everything You Need To Know In 10,000 Words)