Saint Teresa of Calcutta, fondly known as Mother Teresa, a nun and missionary, devoted her life caring for the sick and abode. She was an inspiration to countless millions for her lifelong devotion to the neediest and most vulnerable of the world.
An Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic missionary, she worked relentlessly in Bengal for the most part of her life. She left her home at the age of 18 and joined the Sisters of Loreto congregation in Ireland.
She was particularly moved by the poverty in India and by the Bengal famine in 1943. She founded the Missionaries of charity in 1950 in order to eradicate poverty and help the needy.
Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 but she refused to accept the award and urged the jury to contribute the prize money of USD 192,000 for helping the poor of India.
In 2016, Mother Teresa was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa.
Marking her birth anniversary on August 26, we remember some of her inspiring quoted that guide us in leading our lives better.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”
“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
“I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper’s wounds I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?”
“To be able to love the poor and know the poor we must be poor ourselves.”
“We fear the future because we are wasting the today.”
“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”