Quote of the Day: Small things with great love


“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” – Blessed Mother Teresa

What a great quote for us today. Something to think about during these Advent and Christmas seasons when trying to find ways to show our great love for those around us.

Also, something to keep in mind as we all set our new year’s resolutions!

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Kim December 17, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Thank you for Flocknote…& thank you for the Mother Theresa reminder! I adore her & I really needed that reminder, now with not only Advent & Christmas, but our military move to AK and the entire process of trying to clean our old house to pass inspection! Very stressfull…but doable if I just take it in TINY bites! And Remember this wonderful saying from Mother Theresa!
Thank you & God bless!
May you & your family be blessed now & always!
Kim (aka AKMommaF8)

L December 17, 2008 at 10:26 pm

I love Mother Theresa!

Andrea Fernandez December 17, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Amen Blessed Teresa!:D Praise God for the gift to live during her lifetime!! Did you guys ever hear of the “drop in the ocean” quote by Mother Teresa!? If you haven’t, here it is…

There was a reporter who had followed Mother around the entire day. At the end of the day, he turned to Mother and said, “Mother, what you do is but a drop…in the bucket.” Mother immediately stopped, turned to him, and said, “No, a drop in the ocean, but because of it, the ocean is forever changed.”

I LOVE that quote! Here are some other deeply moving quotes by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta:
“Today it is fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately it is not fashionable to talk with them.”

“We must grow in love and to do this we must go on loving and loving and giving and giving until it hurts—the way Jesus did. Do ordinary things with extraordinary love: little things like caring for the sick and the homeless, the lonely and the unwanted, washing and cleaning for them.
You must give what cost you something. This, then, is giving not just what you can live without but what you can’t live without or don’t want to live without, something you really like. Then your gift becomes a sacrifice, which will have value before God. Any sacrifice is useful if it is done out of love.
This giving until it hurts—this sacrifice—is also what I call love in action. Every day I see this love—in children, men, women. I was once walking down the street and a beggar came to me and he said, ‘Mother Teresa, everybody’s giving to you. I also want to give you. Today, for the whole day, I got only twenty-nine paise and I want to give it to you.’ I thought for a moment: If I take it he will have nothing to eat tonight, and if I don’t take it I will hurt him. So I put out my hands and I took the money. I have never seen such joy on anyone’s face as I saw on his—that a beggar, he too, could give to Mother Teresa. It was a big sacrifice for that poor man who’d been sitting in the sun all day and had only received twenty-nine paise. It was beautiful: twenty-nine paise is such a small amount and I can get nothing with it, but as he gave it up and I took it, it became like thousands because it was given with so much love.
The other day I received a letter from a small child in America. I knew he was little because he wrote in big handwriting, ‘Mother Teresa I love you so much I’m sending you my pocket money,’ and inside the letter there was a check for three dollars. Also, one of the sisters in London told me that, one day, a little girl came to the door of the home in Kilburn with a bag of pennies and she said, ‘This is for the poor men.’ She didn’t said, ‘This is for Mother Teresa’ or ‘for the Missionaries of Charity.’ She lived down the road and had seen all the residents walking around—and so she said, ‘This is for the men.’ She’d just seen with her eyes and I think it’s like that for so many people. They see something and they’re attracted towards it because it’s good.
A young couple got married here recently. They decided to keep their wedding simple—she wore a plain cotton sari and there were just his and her parents’ present—and they gave us all the money they had saved from not having a big Hindu wedding ceremony. They were sharing their love with the poor. Something like this happens every day. By becoming poor ourselves, by loving until it hurts, we become capable of loving more deeply, more beautifully, more wholly.”

“Jesus, in order to give us the proof of His love, died on the cross. A mother, in order to give birth to her baby, has to suffer. If you really love one another, you will not be able to avoid making sacrifices.”

“Love has no meaning if it isn’t shared. Love has to be put into action. You have to love without expectation, to do something for love itself, not for what you may receive. If you expect something in return, then it isn’t love, because true love is loving without conditions and expectations.”

“Give! Give the love we have all received to those around you. Give until it hurts, because real love hurts. That is why you must love until it hurts. You must love with your time, your hands, and your hearts. You need to share all that you have. Love, to be real, must hurt. If you want to truly love the poor, you must share with them. If you want poverty to disappear, share it. A gentleman asked me, ‘What must we do to eliminate poverty from India?’ I answered, ‘We need to learn to share with the poor.’
That is what I want to share with you. We cannot share unless our lives are full of God’s love and our hearts are pure. As Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor of heart, for they shall see God.” Unless we are able to see God in our neighbour, it will be very hard for us to love. Since love begins at home, let’s love each other at home. Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” He loved until it hurt. Jesus’ love is so overwhelming that you and I can love Him and find life. We can love Jesus in the hungry, the naked, and the destitute who are dying. We can love Him because our prayer gives us the faith we need to be able to love. If you love, you will be willing to serve. And you will find Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

“Love is not patronising and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same—with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead. When I was in London, I went to see the homeless people where our sisters have a soup kitchen. One men, who was living in a cardboard box, held my hand and said, ‘It’s been a long time since I felt the warmth of a human hand.’”
“Holiness is not the luxury of a few. It is everyone’s duty: yours and mine.”
“Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God. Prayer makes your heart bigger, until it is capable of containing the gift of God Himself.”
“People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.”
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”
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 (JOY)”

Mother Teresa’s definition of Poverty
She defines “least of My brethren” as:
“the hungry and the lonely, not only for food but for the Word of God;
the thirsty and the ignorant, not only for water but also for knowledge, peace, truth, justice, and love;
the naked and the unloved, not only for clothes but also for human dignity;
the unwanted, the unborn child; the racially discriminated against; the homeless and abandoned, not only for a shelter made of bricks, but for a heart that understands, that covers, that loves;
the sick, the dying destitutes, and the captives, not only in body but also in mind and spirit:
all those who have lost all hope and faith in life, the alcoholics and drug addicts and all those who have lost God (for them God was but God is) and who have lost all hope in the power of the Spirit.”

“We are not here for the work, we are here for Jesus. All we do is for Him. We are first of all religious, we are not social workers, not teachers, not nurses or doctors, we are religious sisters. We serve Jesus in the poor. We nurse Him, feed Him, clothe Him, visit Him, comfort Him in the poor, the abandoned, the sick, the orphans, the dying. But all we do, our prayer, our work, our suffering is for Jesus. Our life has no other reason or motivation. This is a point many people do not understand.”
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty—it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God. It is impossible to respond to this need unless you have God’s grace to help you.”

“There is only one love and this is the love of God. Once we love God deeply enough we will love our neighbour to the same extent because, as we grow in our love for God, we grow to respect all that He has created and to recognise and appreciate all the gifts He has given us. Then naturally we want to take care of all of them.
God made the world for the delight of human beings—if only we could see His goodness everywhere, His concern for us, His awareness of our needs: the phone call we’ve waited for, the ride we are offered, the letter in the mail, just the little things He does for us throughout the day. As we remember and notice His love for us, we just begin to fall in love with Him because He is so busy with us—you just can’t resist Him. I believe there’s no such thing as luck in life, it’s God’s love, it’s His.”

“Every time you are concerned for the poor and you make sacrifices for them—wherever you serve them you are really doing it for Christ. That is why I feel overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity to be with you. I want personally to thank you for all that you have done for our poor. I thank you for all the prayers and sacrifices that you have made. But do not forget that it isn’t enough to give money. The money will come. Money is not the hard part. We have to give until it hurts. We need to give from the resources we would like to keep for ourselves. We need to give to the point of sacrificing. We must give something that we find hard to give up.”

“Intense love does not measure; it just gives.”

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

Marsha December 30, 2008 at 6:07 pm

I love the quotes by Mother Teresa… thank you for the post.

balita March 4, 2011 at 3:21 am

This quote warms up my heart whenever I am overwhelmed with many responsibilities of helping others. Thank you.

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