For much of her life, Mother Teresa served the impoverished communities of Calcutta, caring for the sick, while also sharing the love of Christ.
Today, on the anniversary of her death, we celebrate her legacy and look back on 14 of her most inspirational quotes about love, prayer and the small acts of kindness that can change the world forever.
On Reliance on God
Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.
On Caring for Those in Your Life
Spread love everywhere you go; first of all in your house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. – sourced in Worldwide Laws of Life by John Templeton
On Caring about the Little Things
Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.
On the Need for Love
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. – Interview in TIME magazine
On When to Begin
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
On the Reward of Service
I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No. I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God. – Mother Teresa of Calcutta, A Gift For God: Prayers and Meditations
On the Ordinary
Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.
On Working Together
What I can do, you cannot. What you can do, I cannot. But together we can do something beautiful for God.
On Not Seeking Large Numbers
I do not agree with a big way of doing things. What matters is the individual. If we wait till we get numbers, then we will be lost in the numbers and we will never be able to show that love and respect for the person. – Mother Teresa’s Reaching Out In Love – Stories told by Mother Teresa
The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.
Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.
On Listening to God’s Voice
Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.
On Praying Together
Let us love one another as God loves each one of us. And where does this love begin? In our own home. How does it begin? By praying together.
Holiness is not the luxury of the few; it is a simple duty, for you and for me.
Jesse Carey is a mainstay on the weekly RELEVANT Podcast and member of RELEVANT's executive board. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and two kids.