Wisdom and Insights from Mother Teresa

Sep 8, 2016 | INSIGHTS

In the week that saw Mother Teresa canonised, we have posted a few of her most inspiring quotes. She too had her serious doubters and detractors – but what have any of us done that even remotely compares with her? Praise the Lord that she did not allow even the strongest criticism to deter her from pursuing her vocation.

‘Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta.
Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely
right there in your own homes,
in your own families,
in your workplaces and in your schools…
You can find Calcutta all over the world,
if you have the eyes to see.’

St. Teresa of Calcutta


We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful.

We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.

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 [it is therefore] in the home [that] the disruption of the peace of the world begins.

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given.

When we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, “How many good things have you done in your life?” Rather He will ask, “How much love did you put into what you did?”

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

We are all pencils in the hand of God . . . I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.


I think I’m more difficult than critical!!

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.

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

(Concerning the scale of her responsibilities): I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much!

There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work.

This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible . . . Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness. The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it. Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.

I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.


If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

MT7There are no great things, only small things with great love.

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us . . . Bring love into your home

Mother Teresa is a thoroughly modern saint

Did Mother Teresa really perform miracles?








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