Awakening

Mother Teresa: On Love, Life and Purpose

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We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved.

Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world. I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one. It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving. Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.

The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action. Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve. Whenever you share love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. Joy is a net of love in which you can catch souls. The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

At the heart of silence is prayer. At the heart of prayer is faith. At the heart of faith is life. At the heart of life is service. Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.

Smile at each other. Smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other – it doesn’t matter who it is – and that will help to grow up in greater love for each other. Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
Life is mystery, know it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is a game, play it…
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

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~Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu commonly called Mother Teresa, and known in the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. Mother Teresa received a number of honors, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was canonised (recognised by the church as a saint) on 4 September 2016, and the anniversary of her death (5 September) is her feast day.

Excellence Reporter 2019

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