Sunday, September 4, 2016


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When Mother Teresa was alive, the world had already hailed her as a ‘living saint’. So, today, as Mother was officially canonized as a ‘Saint’, for most of us, it did not come as a goose-bumps moment…

When Mother lived here in the slums of Kolkata – doing what she did for decades – she gave us enough of goose-bumps… She humbled us, challenged us and yes, inspired us with her life…

I have written about Mother Teresa in many of my blogs earlier… Today, I just wish to share a few quotes… just  to remind myself as to how ‘small’ I feel even when I think of her life…

But then, I know, that’s how Mother said she felt as she knelt alone before the Crucifix at 5 in the morning, everyday… and for decades!

Here are some of Mother’s quotes…

“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.”

“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.”

“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 homesto remedy this kind of poverty.”

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove
than the hunger for bread.”

“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.”

“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.”

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

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, 
but I 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?”


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