June 4, 2008

THOUGHTS BY MOTHER TERESA

Posted in Philosophy, Religion, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , , , , at 2:40 am by randallbutisingh

THOUGHTS BY MOTHER TERESA

  • Kindness has converted more people than zeal, science or eloquence.
  • If you are humble, nothing will touch you – neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are a saint, thank God. If you are a sinner, do not remain so.
  • Pride destroys everything.
  • Love has a hem to her garment that reaches the very dust. It sweeps the stains from the streets and lanes. And because it can, it must.
  • When one comes in touch with money, one loses touch with God….One day there springs up the desire for money and all the things that money can provide….the superfluous, luxury in eating, in dressing, trifles. Needs increase because one thing calls for another. The result is uncontrollable dissatisfaction.

– Mother Theresa


Mother Teresa, Albanian founder of the order of the Missionaries of Charity – a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to the poor, especially the destitute of India – and recipient of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 1928, she joined the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ireland. Six weeks later, she sailed to India as a teacher. She subsequently required permission to work with the poor in Calcutta. After studying nursing, she moved into the slums where she founded her order in 1948. In 1950, her order received canonical sanction from Pope Pius XII. The order opened numerous centres serving the blind, aged, lepers, cripples and the dying. In 1963, the Indian government awarded Mother Teresa the Padmashri (“Lord of the Lotus”). In 1968, she was summoned to Rome to found a home there. In recognition of her apostolate, she was honoured in 1971 with the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize. In 1970, her Mission of Charities numbered more than 1000 nuns who operated in 60 centres in Calcutta and more than 200 centres worldwide. When she died, er funeral was taken over by the Indian Government who gave her full honours.
Randall Butisingh

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5 Comments »

  1. Patanjali Ramlall said,

    Thanks SIR, I was waiting, and knew you would say it.

    Vow of Poverty:

    Among other disciplines and rules, young women wishing to join her Mission of Charities,(Mother Theresa’s Order,) are required to take a vow of poverty, not complicated, but regimented.

    Two young girls visiting Madame Tussauds London, in 1993, were amazed to learn that the little lady only had two pairs of Saris, (the Indian dress for women.) She alternated, having the other one laundered while wearing one on any given day. This is how she presented herself to prince or pauper. A little bit of comparison, this was also a Gandhian philosophy.

    A poor, distressed, and humane lady once wrote to “The Goddess of Calcutta,” asking how to make the world a better place to live in, since she was without means, – no fame or money. In one word, the wisdom of Mother Theresa shone through, she replied,

    SMILE !

    In an independent India, 60 years young, only two persons* not having been born on Indian soil were paid tribute to, by the Lok Sabbha. Lady Edwina Mountbatten,(exceptional, in a class of her own,) in 1968, and the little one from Calcutta, which was in fact a State funeral, ((not given, except to native Indians*) with all honors accorded.

    * (1) Could also have been given to Lord Mountbatten, Lady Edwina’s husband, killed by a bomb blast on his boat in Ireland, 1979.
    *(2) But then, who decides who is an Indian, American, Canadian, etc?
    Gurudev, (Tagore,) once stated that one of the most reviled words in the English language is PATRIOTISM.

    • Nuala Lynch said,

      My aunt a Columban nun from Ireland had 2 habits only.Only she pre dated Mother Theresa and Gandhi by many years. and I’m sure she didn’t come up with the idea.

  2. Patanjali Ramlall said,

    After thought to Mother Theresa’s SMILE.

    Please refrain if it is one of those NIXONESQUE, OR HOLLYWOOD-BOLLYWOOD kinds, the world can do without it. It becomes a DIS-service if not natural.

  3. Thanks Pat for supplying additional information about the little lady with the two saris. Her helpers who were all Indians did the same. Only unconditional love could have kept them on so onerous a task ….they had the conviction that they were serving the Master whenever they ministered to the poor and suffering, and that gave them the strength, courage and patiece that was required.

  4. sherry lambert said,

    i believe mother teresa is my angel and others angel.


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