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100 Years of Compassion&Service~A Tribute to Mother Teresa

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August 26th 2010 marked the birthday of Mother Teresa. She would have been 100 on this day. This article is to pay tribute to such an eminent personality, who taught us not only compassion but also humility, love and service to others. She was truly an epitome of service to the world. One of the personalities in modern day who I look up to and have learned so much from.

Two learning incidents:

1. Archbishop of Kolkata Lucas Sirkar met the Mother Teresa several times in the 15 years he had been the Bishop of Krishnanagar. One incident is clearly etched in his mind. “We had gone to a church in Behrampore, where a young mediaperson was trying to capture a video footage of Mother. He was walking backwards holding the camera, when suddenly, his slippers came off. We had not noticed anything amiss, but Mother knelt down, picked up his slippers and told him to wear them,” recalled the Archbishop. “The youth was so embarrassed about Mother touching his footwear, he ran off. But the incident opened my eyes about the Mother’s alertness to serve everybody, at any given point of time,” he added.

2. Sister Mechtilte, the 59th to join the order of Mother Teresa, still remembers the struggle of the initial days. “There were days when we had nothing to eat except rice and salt. Mother, smiling as usual, used to tell us that we will eat whatever we have. After all, that’s all many poor people get to eat for days.”

Below are a few Quotes on different Life topics by Mother Teresa:

Abortion
The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.

Actions
-It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.
-Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.

Difficult
I think I’m more difficult than critical.

Drop
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.

Faith
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Faithfulness
I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.

Forgotten
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

God’s Trust
I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.

Hunger
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.

Joy
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

Judging
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Just One
If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

Kind Words
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Kingly Act
It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.

Love
-Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.
-Good works are links that form a chain of love.
-I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I don’t know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will NOT ask, How many good things have you done in your life?, rather he will ask, How much LOVE did you put into what you did?
-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.
-If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
-Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
-Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.
-Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
-Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own 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. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.(this one is my personal favorite)
-The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.

Miracle
The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

Money
Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.

Moving
It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.

Neighbor
I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?

Nobody
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

Paradox
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. (another favorite)

Peace
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Person to Person
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

Poverty
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.

Prayer
You say a prayer in your religion, and I will say a prayer as I know it. Together we will say this prayer, and it will be something beautiful to God.

Rushing
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.

Silence
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- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. (oh another favorite)

Smile
-Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
-Smiling is our first act of love.
-Peace begins with a smile.
-Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
-We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. (another all time favorite)

Things
There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.

Touch
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.

Unloved
It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. (so perfectly said…)

Unwanted
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.

Waste
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.

It is my humble request to all who land on this page, to spread the word of love, compassion and service to others by sharing this page and all the works you find about Mother Teresa. So much to learn for this magnanimous personality, so much to gain, so much that just keeps you thinking and so much that makes you want to get up and truly make a difference.

For more details on the life history of Mother Teresa visit the wiki page.

Please share this article by using the tweet/facebook/stumble buttons below and share your thoughts in the comments below too. How much do you know about Mother Teresa? Have you learned from her work, from her life?

With Immense Love and Gratitude,
~Zeenat~

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Author: Zeenat Merchant Syal

Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor/Motivational Speaker/Naturopath/Holistic Healer/Writer

13 thoughts on “100 Years of Compassion&Service~A Tribute to Mother Teresa

  1. Zeenat,
    I love the story of the shoes that you shared about Mother Teresa. What a beautiful example of just how we can all be of service to others, and it doesn’t have to be something elaborate. It’s in the simple caring and love that we connect…

    Zeenat, know that I also see this characteristic is you…the love you so genuinely show toward others. What a beautiful gift that is…

  2. Hi Zeenat, I read Arvind’s tribute to Mother Teresa and now yours which is an extended version with many quotes. Thank you for adding this tribute. I really did not know much about her except her goodness for the world and that she died within days of Princess Diana – and yes I loved Princess Di….thank you for the quotes.

  3. She was such an amazing personality… she proved by her humble deeps that she was no ordinary human being and yet she did stuff which is within the reach of every human being. We all run after money all our lives and forget the fact that we gonna leave it all her when we go back uo there. But, mother Teresa showed us that real wealth lies in helping the needy and look, even though she is physically now more. she lives on in the hearts and minds of people. Thanks for this lovely post Z!

    Cheers!
    Tavish

  4. Hi Z! Thank you so much for this post! Mother Theresa was such a light for us all! It is so good to remember her words – beautiful job on this post!

    I’ve been at the lake all summer with less time on the net to read blogs and have missed you! It feels great in many ways to be back home!

    hugs
    suZen

  5. Mother Teresa is a pure Icon. Never to be forgotten and to be remembered for ever.

  6. asalamu alaiakum zeenat..thnx for such inspirational write up…Mother Terresa was actaully a Motherd heart lady…May Allah rest his soul in peace….irrespective of ones religion…every religion teaches us humanity..but onli few implement its in their life n Mother Terresa was one amoung such !!!!

  7. Hi Zeenat,

    I have always been deeply touched by the life and example of Mother Teresa. As you know, I often use her quotes and the wisdom they impart is always profound. Your post is a great blessing and I thank you for broadening my understanding of Mother Teresa and her life.

    Whenever I think of serving others she always comes to mind. Her life epitomizes what it means to be an Activist for Love!

    Blessings to you Zeenat!

  8. Hi Zeenat,

    Mother Teresa is one of the people that I admire. She was so driven to be of service to others, she had the nerve to create her own Order and actually get the Pope to okay it. I often think of her as being a wonderful example of love and of how ambition can be a positive thing.

    I also think she was a remarkable woman who really practiced what she preached.

  9. Hi Zeenat

    This was a beautiful piece!

    I especially liked the words on judging, and money.

    May we all open our hearts to each other, and not just read the words of this amazing soul, but truly live them out to make the world a better place for all – and ourselves :)

  10. Zeenat,

    Thanks for sharing this article about mother Theresa and the quotes as well. I love all especially the “Paradox”. God Bless you!

  11. Hi Zeenat,
    thankyou for sharing this. What a wonderful collection of quotes. Like Evita I relate to the money one and the miracles too. Did you see the courage prayer I posted a few weeks ago by Mother Teresa http://bit.ly/dffS5V

    with love and gratitude
    Suzie

  12. Dear All,
    Due to severe internet connectivity issues, I have been unable to reply to each of your awesome comments. But I have read them all..and love them and love you guys so so much fro sharing my passion for this eminent soul…who is clearly love & service in action.
    May we all at some level learn to be as giving as her….to say the least. Each of the quotes here are so full of wisdom and so are each of your comments.
    Thank you again for stopping by you all. Will try my best…to respond to each of your comments….hoping the internet doesn’t freeze on me while I do so :)
    Much Love~

  13. I used to like Mother Teresa. But I lost all respect for her after reading the book “The Missionary Position” by Christoper Hitchens. Her plea for clemency for known criminals (who contributed to her charity) and ignoring expert medical advice in the facilities she runs was what put me off.

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