Spiritual Inspiration is something we all need at times to help us search for meaning, purpose and transcendence in life. Who better to teach us about spirituality than Mother Teresa? Now known as Saint Teresa, she is widely revered around the world as an ultimate source of inspiration for spiritual guidance and wisdom. Her teachings inspire us so much and in honor of her recent canonization by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016, we wanted to share them with you. In particular, Leo House appreciation of this event is beyond great as Mother Teresa holds a special place in our history.
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Spiritual Inspiration by Saint Teresa: Top 10 Quotes
“Spread love everywhere you go and let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”
“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that God didn’t trust me so much!”
“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.”
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”
“If you judge people, then you will have no time to love them.”
“Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches”
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
“There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. Take a broom and clean someone’s house. That says enough.”
“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
More about Saint Teresa:
Mother Teresa originally joined the Sisters of Loretto at age 18. Then for the next twenty years she taught geography in English-speaking schools in colonial India. Surrounded by dire poverty and distraught by the suffering, she could no longer continue as a teacher with the Sisters of Loretto. She began to work with the Medical Mission Sisters, learning how to care for the very ill and dying.
An ultimate model of spiritual inspiration and passionate devotion to Christ, Saint Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity sisterhood with Vatican approval in 1950. Their primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after. Since it’s founding, the Missionaries of Charity has grown to over 4,500 missionaries worldwide (FranciscanMedia.org). Most noteworthy, Mother Teresa was given 124 awards for her charitable work, perhaps the most notable was the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Others include the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, Order of Merit from Queen Elizabeth in 1983 and many more.
Read more about Mother Teresa and her visit to The Leo House here.