On September 5, 1997, the world mourned the loss of the iconic figure, Mother Teresa, originally named Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu. Today marks the 26th anniversary of her passing, a date observed worldwide. Mother Teresa, a highly respected nun celebrated for her unwavering dedication to caring for the sick and impoverished, continues to hold a revered place in history for her humanitarian work.
Born on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, which is now the capital of Macedonia, Mother Teresa’s exceptional commitment in the fight against global poverty earned her the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Her profound impact was further emphasized when she stepped down from her leadership role within the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order she founded, on March 13, 1997. Sadly, just a few months later, on September 5 of the same year, she passed away.
In recognition of her outstanding service to the underprivileged, regardless of their religious affiliations, the Indian government honored Mother Teresa with a state funeral. Additionally, the United Nations paid tribute to her legacy by designating September 5 as the International Day of Charity. This stands as a testament to her enduring influence and her relentless efforts to alleviate human suffering worldwide.
Here are 10 inspirational quotes from her:
“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.”
“Yes, you must live life beautifully and not allow the spirit of the world that makes gods out of power, riches, and pleasure make you to forget that you have been created for greater things.”
“We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be a number in the world, not just to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that work. We have been created in order to love and to be loved.”
“I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.”
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
“Joy is a net of love in which you can catch souls.”
“Work without love is slavery.”
“The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.”
“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.”
“Poverty was not created by God. It is we who have caused it, you and I through our egotism.”