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Mother Teresa Quote: “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.”

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



Mother Teresa Quote: “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.”

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 Quote: “They should give until it hurts, maybe a very small thing, maybe just a packet of cigarettes, but instead of by smoking that one packet, maybe I share that packet with somebody who has not got even one cigarette, and that’s the beginning of love, to give until it hurts.”

They should give until it hurts, maybe a very small thing, maybe just a packet of cigarettes, but instead of by smoking that one packet, maybe I share that packet with somebody who has not got even one cigarette, and that’s the beginning of love, to give until it hurts.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Maybe if I didn’t pick up that one person, I wouldn’t have picked up forty-two thousand...”

Maybe if I didn’t pick up that one person, I wouldn’t have picked up forty-two thousand...

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “I begin each day with holy Mass, receiving Jesus hidden under the appearance of a simple piece of bread. Then I go out into the streets and I find the same Jesus hidden in the dying destitute, the AIDS patients, the lepers, the abandoned children, the hungry, and the homeless. It’s the same Jesus.”

I begin each day with holy Mass, receiving Jesus hidden under the appearance of a simple piece of bread. Then I go out into the streets and I find the same Jesus hidden in the dying destitute, the AIDS patients, the lepers, the abandoned children, the hungry, and the homeless. It’s the same Jesus.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “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.”

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


Mother Teresa Quote: “The less we have, the more we give. Seems absurd, but it’s the logic of love.”

The less we have, the more we give. Seems absurd, but it’s the logic of love.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved.”

We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, but in the fervor of the desire which raises the heart to Jesus.”

Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, but in the fervor of the desire which raises the heart to Jesus.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “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.”

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



Mother Teresa Quote: “The purpose of guilt is to bring us to the Lord, after that it has no purpose.”

The purpose of guilt is to bring us to the Lord, after that it has no purpose.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “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.”

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


Mother Teresa Quote: “I love all religions, but I am in love with my own.”

I love all religions, but I am in love with my own.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “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.”

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


Mother Teresa Quote: “Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that’s real hunger.”

Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that’s real hunger.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “If I’d never have picked up the first person, I’d never have picked up the 42,000 in Calcutta.”

If I’d never have picked up the first person, I’d never have picked up the 42,000 in Calcutta.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “What you do to these men on California’s Death Row, you do to God.”

What you do to these men on California’s Death Row, you do to God.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Faith is a gift from God and he gives it to whomever he chooses.”

Faith is a gift from God and he gives it to whomever he chooses.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “If you are hungry to hear the voice of God, you will hear. To hear, you have to cut out all other things.”

If you are hungry to hear the voice of God, you will hear. To hear, you have to cut out all other things.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.”

Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.

— Mother Teresa



Mother Teresa Quote: “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.”

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


Mother Teresa Quote: “Each of us is merely a small instrument; all of us, after accomplishing our mission, will disappear.”

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

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “The highest form of worship is to find the least among you and treat them like Jesus.”

The highest form of worship is to find the least among you and treat them like Jesus.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “The poorest of the poor are those who feel that they are unloved.”

The poorest of the poor are those who feel that they are unloved.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “In this world, there is no clarity. There is only love and action.”

In this world, there is no clarity. There is only love and action.

— Mother Teresa


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

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

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Sometimes it is harder for us to smile at those who live with us, the immediate members of our families, than it is to smile at those who are not so close to us. Let us never forget: love begins at home.”

Sometimes it is harder for us to smile at those who live with us, the immediate members of our families, than it is to smile at those who are not so close to us. Let us never forget: love begins at home.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Real prayer is union with God,...”

Real prayer is union with God,...

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “I have the feeling that we are in such a hurry that we do not have time to look at one another and smile.”

I have the feeling that we are in such a hurry that we do not have time to look at one another and smile.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day.”

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

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Holiness is doing God’s will with a smile.”

Holiness is doing God’s will with a smile.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “I don’t think there is anyone who needs God’s help as much as I do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength, I rely on Him twenty-four hours a day.”

I don’t think there is anyone who needs God’s help as much as I do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength, I rely on Him twenty-four hours a day.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “If we are Christians, we must look like Christ – this is my deep conviction.”

If we are Christians, we must look like Christ – this is my deep conviction.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Why can’t there be love that never gets tired?”

Why can’t there be love that never gets tired?

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me.”

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

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Love should be as natural as living and breathing.”

Love should be as natural as living and breathing.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “We must pray to Jesus to give us that tenderness of the Eucharist.”

We must pray to Jesus to give us that tenderness of the Eucharist.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “If you have not the experience, ask. There is no shame in asking, but do not pretend you know when you don’t.”

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


Mother Teresa Quote: “A direct killing of the innocent child, ‘Murder’ by the mother herself.”

A direct killing of the innocent child, ‘Murder’ by the mother herself.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Joy is strength- Joy is love – Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”

Joy is strength- Joy is love – Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “It was easier to deal with poverty and death in India that the lack of spirituality in America.”

It was easier to deal with poverty and death in India that the lack of spirituality in America.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Keep your heart pure. A pure heart is necessary to see God in each other. If you see God in each other, there is love for each other, then there is peace.”

Keep your heart pure. A pure heart is necessary to see God in each other. If you see God in each other, there is love for each other, then there is peace.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “We will never know how much just a simple smile will do.”

We will never know how much just a simple smile will do.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Faith is more important to me than life itself because without it there would be no fullness of life.”

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

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “We must remember that life begins at home and we must also remember that the future of humanity passes through the family.”

We must remember that life begins at home and we must also remember that the future of humanity passes through the family.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Give people not only your care, but also your heart.”

Give people not only your care, but also your heart.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Do we know our poor people? Do we know the poor in our house, in our family? Perhaps they are not hungry for a piece of bread. Perhaps our children, husband, wife, are not hungry, or naked, or dispossessed, but are you sure there is no one there who feels unwanted, deprived of affection?”

Do we know our poor people? Do we know the poor in our house, in our family? Perhaps they are not hungry for a piece of bread. Perhaps our children, husband, wife, are not hungry, or naked, or dispossessed, but are you sure there is no one there who feels unwanted, deprived of affection?

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Communion with Christ gives us our strength, our joy, and our love.”

Communion with Christ gives us our strength, our joy, and our love.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “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.”

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


Mother Teresa Quote: “If you are looking for vocations, as a community have adoration every day. Once the Missionaries of Charity started daily adoration, their vocations doubled.”

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

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