Mother Teresa

Nun, Author

1910 – 1997

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Who was Mother Teresa?

The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, M.C., commonly known as Mother Teresa, was an Albanian born, Indian Roman Catholic Religious Sister.

Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; children's and family counseling programmes; orphanages; and schools. Members of the order must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give "Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor".

Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In late 2003, she was beatified, the third step toward possible sainthood, giving her the title "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta". A second miracle credited to her intercession is required before she can be recognised as a saint by the Catholic Church. Admired and respected by many, she has also been accused of failing to provide medical care or painkillers, misusing charitable money, and maintaining positive relationships with dictators.

Famous Quotes:

  • Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
  • When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.
  • Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.
  • If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
  • Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
  • More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.
  • We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things.
  • We can not do great things. We can only do little things with great love.
  • One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
  • 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.

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Aug 26, 1910
Also known as
  • Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
  • Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
  • Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu
  • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, M.C.
  • Catholicism
  • Albanians
  • India
  • Albania
  • Loreto Abbey, Rathfarnham
    (1928 - 1929)
  • Sisters of Loreto
  • Missionaries of Charity
Lived in
  • Skopje
    (1910 - 1928)
  • Rathfarnham
    (1928 - 1929)
  • Darjeeling
    (1929 - )
  • Kolkata
    (1931 - )
Sep 5, 1997

on July 23, 2013


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