Inspirations: Mother Teresa (1910-1997) - Missionary, Educator, Servant Of The Poor


"God is calling me – unworthy and sinful that I am. I am longing to give all for souls. They will all think me mad – after so many years – to begin a thing which will bring me for the most part only suffering – but He calls me also to join the few to start the work… All beginners have their many crosses…" January 13, 1947

 “When I walk through the slums or enter the dark holes there Our Lord is always really present… the streets, Kalighat, slums & Sisters have become places where He lives His own life of love to the full.” Letters to Archbishop Périer from June 21, 1950 and November 17, 1956

"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." March 6, 1962

 "At the beginning St. Peter would not let me enter heaven because there were no slums in heaven. - Now heaven is full of slum people. Jesus must be very happy to have those thousands coming to him, with love "from Calcutta" January 1, 1988

"A pure heart can see God in the Poor - a humble heart can love and serve Jesus in the Poor." June, 1990

 “We need to be pure in heart to see Jesus in the person of the spiritually poorest. Therefore, the more disfigured the image of God is in that person, the greater will be our faith and devotion in seeking Jesus’ face and lovingly ministering to Him. We consider it an honor to serve Christ in the distressing disguise of the spiritually poorest; we do it with deep gratitude and reverence in a spirit of sharing.” No Greater Love

 “The simplicity of our life of contemplation makes us see the face of God in everything, everyone, and everywhere, all the time.” No Greater Love

 “Our poverty should be true gospel poverty: gentle, tender, glad, and openhanded, always ready to give an expression of love. Poverty is love before it is renunciation. To love, it is necessary to give. To give, it is necessary to be free from selfishness.” No Greater Love

“What we need is to love without getting tired. How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small drops of oil. What are these drops of oil in our lamps? They are the small things of daily life: faithfulness, small words of kindness, a thought for others, our way of being silent, of looking, of speaking, and of acting. 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.” No Greater Love