Few people are in the dark about the identity of Mother Teresa and her impact to the entire world. Although her life was dedicated to helping the poor in India, the fame of her good deeds has spread round the world and has inspired people many years after her death. Pope Francis has announced on Tuesday that Mother Teresa will be canonized as a saint on September 4, the eve of the anniversary of her death which happened on September 5, 1997.
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A winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize during her lifetime, the condition of her canonization to Sainthood was fulfilled when a second miracle was attributed to her. Pope John Paul II had approved a first miracle after which she was beautified in October 2003 when a 30-year-old woman in Kolkata said she had been cured of a stomach tumor after praying to Mother Teresa, the Vatican committee could find no scientific explanation for the healing and it was therefore declared a miracle.
Pope Francis had initially announced in December that she would be declared a saint after a second miracle involving the healing of a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumors after loved ones prayed to her was attributed to her. Following this news, we can’t fail to revel in a few of the exquisite quotes from this woman who gave her life to loving.
Life Quotes From Mother Teresa
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
“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?”
“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”
“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”
“Do we know our poor people? Do we know the poor in our house, in our family? Perhaps they are not hungry for a piece of bread. Perhaps our children, husband, wife, are not hungry, or naked, or dispossessed, but are you sure there is no one there who feels unwanted, deprived of affection?”
“We need to realize that poverty doesn’t only consist of being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremendous hunger for human dignity. We need to love and to be someone for someone else”
“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”