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Mother Teresa, the catholic nun who served the poor and destitute across the planet was born on August 26, 1910, at Skopje in Macedonia. Also referred to as Saint Teresa of Calcutta (now Kolkata), Mother received Nobel Peace Prize for her charity work.
Teresa left her home at the age of 18 and later joined the ‘Sisters of Loreto’ located in Irelands’s Rathfarnham. She moved to India within the late 1920s and taught history and geography for 15 years at Calcutta’s St Mary’s high school. In 1950, she laid the inspiration stone of the Roman Catholic religious congregation which is now popularly referred to as the Missionaries of Charity.
Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, but she refused to simply accept it and urged the jury to contribute the prize of $192,000 to assist the poor people of India.
In 1982, at the peak of the Siege of Beirut, Teresa rescued 37 children who were trapped during a hospital. She brokered a short-lived cease-fire between Israel and Palestine. She was amid Red Cross workers here where they traveled through the combat zone to the destroyed hospital to evacuate the young patients.
Mother Teresa spent all her adult life in India, first teaching, then tending to the dying poor. it had been within the latter role, at the top of her now worldwide order that Teresa became one among the foremost famous women on the earth. She was respected around the world as a beacon for the Christian values of self-sacrifice and charity. She passed away in 1997, in Kolkata, the Indian city where she spent nearly four decades tending to the poor.
On the occasion of her 110th, here are top 10 inspirational quotes about kindness, charity and compassion by Mother Teresa:
1. 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.
2. Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
3. 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.
4. The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.
5. Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
6. We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.
7. Joy is a net of love in which you can catch souls.
8. God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
9. The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.
10. Intense love does not measure, it just gives.