St Teresa of Calcutta

On Sunday 4 September Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was canonised. Many are rejoicing that this extraordinary woman should be raised to the altars. Her whole life is an example of complete self-giving in the name of Christ and she modelled what it means to serve and love the poor and needy. She was never afraid to speak the truth and was full of conviction of the Church’s pro-life stance; this is what under girded her sense that all should be treated with love and dignity, for they are created by God and are made in His image. She is a perfect example of how to live a Catholic life in the 21st century.

May she pray for us all – and may we, too, be courageous in standing up for the needy: the pre-born, babies, children adults, elderly …

Here is a short selection of her very memorable words:

  • Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
  • Intense love does not measure; it just gives.
  • 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.
  • Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
  • I have found the paradox – that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
  • I try to give, for love, to the poor that which the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I would willingly cure him for the love of God.
  • I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbour. Do you know your next door neighbour?
  • Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
  • 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 – grow in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence … We need silence to be able to touch souls.
  • 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.
  • Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
  • If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
  • If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

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