Mother Teresa, or Saint Teresa of Calcutta, is one of the most well known, loved saints of our time. She spent her adult life serving the poor in India, despite her own medical challenges and spiritual darkness. Through nearly 50 years of not feeling God’s presence in her life, she showed perseverance and followed the path she knew God had intended for her. She was able to relate to those she served, because she understood the feeling of being abandoned and unloved.

Mother Teresa took the extremely daunting task of changing the world, stepped back, and loved one person at a time. She reminded the world that each individual has dignity, and that real love is shown through action…”Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.” Now the Missionaries of Charity is in over 100 countries around the world, carrying on her mission. Check out these beautiful Mother Teresa quotes for further inspiration:

  1. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
  2. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
  3. “Intense love does not measure, it just gives.”
  4. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
  5. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
  6. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
  7. “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
  8. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
  9. “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
  10. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
  11. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
  12. “We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.”
  13. “Wash the plate not because it is dirty nor because you are told to wash it, but because you love the person who will use it next.”
  14. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
  15. “Peace begins with a smile.”