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For the inspiration of Mother Teresa, we give thanks!
Mother Teresa
From the time she responded to her first call of a vocation as a Catholic missionary nun at age 17, Mother Teresa led a life of service that ministered to the poor, the dying, the forgotten, the forsaken.

A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace. ~ Mother Teresa

Young Mother Teresa
I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.
~ Mother Teresa
Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, in the former Yugoslavia, she was the youngest of three children. At age 17, she responded to her first call of a vocation as a Catholic missionary nun. She joined an Irish order, the Sisters of Loretto, a community known for their missionary work in India. When she took her vows as a Sister of Loretto, she chose the name Teresa after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. She taught school and was the school principal. After she contracted tuberculosis, she received her second call -- "the call within the call". Mother Teresa recalled later, "I was to leave the convent and work with the poor, living among them. It was an order. I knew where I belonged but I did not know how to get there."  This eventually developed into her
organization known as the Missionaries of Charity. 
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. ~ Mother Teresa

In 1952 the first Home for the Dying was opened in space made available by the City of Calcutta. Over the years, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity grew from 12 to thousands serving the "poorest of the poor" in 450 centers around the world. Mother Teresa created many homes for the dying and the unwanted from Calcutta to New York to Albania. She was one of the pioneers of establishing homes for AIDS victims. For more than 45 years, Mother Teresa comforted the poor, the dying, and the unwanted around the world. 
Mother Teresa
Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.
~ Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa
Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
~ Mother Teresa

Awards

When Mother Teresa accepted the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize—one of her numerous honors and distinctions—she did so “in the name of the poor, the hungry, the sick and the lonely,” and convinced the organizers to donate to the needy the money normally used to fund the awards banquet. Well respected worldwide, she successfully urged many of the world’s business and political leaders to give their time and resources to help those in need. President Ronald Reagan presented Mother Teresa with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985, the same year she began work on behalf of AIDS sufferers in the U.S. and other countries. In 1997, Congress awarded Mother Teresa the Congressional Gold Medal for her “outstanding and enduring contributions through humanitarian and charitable activities.”
In 2010, this postage stamp was issued honoring Mother Teresa:
Mother Teresa Stamp

Mother Teresa's Dark Night Of The Soul

A book, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light (Doubleday), consisting primarily of correspondence between Teresa and her confessors and superiors over a period of 66 years was compiled and edited by the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk and published after her death. Kolodiejchuk was actually compiling information to build a case for her canonization. What is revealed in the letters is that for the last nearly half-century of her life she felt no presence of God whatsoever ...! It is further explained here: The church anticipates spiritually fallow periods. Indeed, the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross in the 16th century coined the term the "dark night" of the soul to describe a characteristic stage in the growth of some spiritual masters. Teresa's may be the most extensive such case on record. (The "dark night" of the 18th century mystic St. Paul of the Cross lasted 45 years; he ultimately recovered.) Yet Kolodiejchuk sees it in St. John's context, as darkness within faith. Teresa found ways, starting in the early 1960s, to live with it and abandoned neither her belief nor her work. Kolodiejchuk produced the book as proof of the faith-filled perseverance that he sees as her most spiritually heroic act.(http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1655415,00.html)

So, indeed, the truth that surfaced in the book, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light is that what is even more inspirational than Mother Teresa's selfless life of giving, is that she gave from an often empty place ... yet she gave - so much! - anyway...
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.
~ Mother Teresa
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There are many, many websites and articles about Mother Teresa.
Thank you to them for our information and pictures. Visit them for yourself!

General Information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa
Links to many other sites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa#External_links

Good works are links that form a chain of love. ~ Mother Teresa

To You Who Gave
Mother Teresa who gave to the poor ...
did you ever wonder what it was all for?
When you listened to your heart, was it always true?
And in your endless giving, who gave to you?
In your selfless living, did you feel the grace?
Were you filled with the same mercy that you gave?
Did you ever soak in a warm bubble bath?
Did you have a good friend that made you laugh?
Were there arms to hold you? A voice in your ear?
Did anyone speak to your doubt and fear?
Were you blessed with at least one comforting friend;
someone you could trust in and forever depend?
Beautiful Mother Teresa, you ministered to us all,
even if your faith faltered, you answered the call.
And if you ever wondered what it was all for,
know now that your love, loves you back ever more.
~ Laurie Story

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