Quotes for
the Journey:

Mother Teresa



We can do no great things;
only small things with great love.

   

Love cannot remain by itself--it has no meaning.  Love has to be put into action and that action is service.  Whatever form we are, able or disabled, rich or poor, it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing; a lifelong sharing of love with others.

   

There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God.  I've always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic.

   
Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.
   

You and I, we are the Church, no?  We have to share with our people.  Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing.  Jesus made it very clear: Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.  Give a glass of water, you give it to me.  Receive a little child, you receive me.  Clear.

   
The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give.  But the less you have the more free you are.  Poverty for us is a freedom.  It is not a mortification, a penance.  It is joyful freedom.  There is no television here, no this, no that.  But we are perfectly happy.
    
There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives--the pain, the loneliness.  We must have the courage to recognize it.  The poor you may have right in your own family.  Find them.  Love them.

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing.  It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.
       
We must make our homes centers of compassion and forgive endlessly.
   
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.  God is the friend of silence. See how nature -- trees, flowers, grass -- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence.  We need silence to be able to touch souls.
   
The dying, the cripple, the mental, the unwanted, the unloved-- they are Jesus in disguise.
  
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.
  
Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile.  Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.
  

   
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
   
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
  
There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness; and this is the great poverty that makes people suffer so much.
  
When Christ said: I was hungry and you fed me, he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness.  He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him.  The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by.  Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger.
   
I believe in person to person.  Every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.
   
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.  A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.
   

   
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.
   
Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary.  What we need is to love without getting tired.   Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
   
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents.  Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.
   
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
   
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
  
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
   
If there are people who feel that God wants them to change the structures of society, that is something between them and their God.  We must serve him in whatever way we are called.  I am called to help the individual; to love each poor person.  Not to deal with institutions.  I am in no position to judge.
   
Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.
    
Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other -- it doesn't matter who it is -- and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.
   
There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well.  They must have worked for it.  I only feel angry when I see waste.  When I see people throwing away things that we could use.
   
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.”  This is the commandment of the great God, and he cannot command the impossible.  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.
   
I never look at the masses as my responsibility.  I look at the individual.  I can only love one person at a time.
  

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