Mother Teresa was an amazing woman – we can learn a lot from her. Her incredibly simple and compassionate approach to life not only drove her to establish the Missionaries of Charity which operated in 133 countries, but it touched the hearts of many millions of people from across the world.
Here are some of the things she said – all of which are worthy of some deep reflection into ourselves:
2. Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
3. We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
4. Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
5. Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
6. If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
8. Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.
9. Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.
10. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
11. 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.
12. I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?
13. The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
14. One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
She didn’t begrudge wealthy people being able to live according to their means – even though she preferred to live a life of poverty. But then again, her life was aimed at something in which personal means meant nothing to her.
It was all about other people.
If we could all just learn a teeny weeny little bit from her, the world would be a much better place.