Inspiring Thoughts from No Greater Love by Mother Teresa

No Greater Love is the most inspirational collection of teachings of Mother Teresa. The book is the essential wisdom of Mother Teresa that teaches about love, prayer, giving, service, poverty, forgiveness, Jesus, and more. No Greater Love is a passionate testament to Mother Teresa’s deep hope and abiding faith in God and the world. It brings readers to Mother Teresa’s revolutionary vision.

Quotes from No Greater Love by Mother Teresa

1. “A child is the greatest of God’s gifts to a family because it is the fruit of the parents’ love.” – Mother Teresa

2. “Always be faithful in the little things, for in them our strength lies. To God nothing is little…..What matters is the gift of your self, the degree of love that you put into each one of your actions.” – Mother Teresa

3. “And whatever you did to the least of my brethren, you did it to me.” – Mother Teresa

4. “As missionaries, we must be carriers of God’s love.” – Mother Teresa

5. “Be kind to each other. It is better to commit faults with gentleness than to work miracles with unkindness.” – Mother Teresa

6. “Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best.” – Mother Teresa

7. “Do not look for Jesus away from yourselves. He is not out there; He is in you. Keep your lamp burning, and you will recognize Him.” – Mother Teresa

8. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” – Mother Teresa

9. “Give of your hands to serve and your hearts to love.” – Mother Teresa

10. “God has not created poverty; it is we who have created it. Before God, all of us are poor.” – Mother Teresa

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11. “Have you ever experienced the joy of giving? I do not want you to give to me from your abundance. I never allow people to have fund-raisers for me. I don’t want that. I want you to give of yourself. The love you put into the giving is the most important thing.” – Mother Teresa

12. “He wants us to love one another, to give ourselves to each other until it hurts. It does not matter how much we give, but how much love we put into our giving.” – Mother Teresa

13. “I don’t think there’s anyone who needs God’s help and grace as much as I do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength, I rely on Him twenty-four hours a day…All of us must cling to God through prayer.” – Mother Teresa

14. “I think that a person who is attached to riches, who lives with the worry of riches, is actually very poor. However, if such a person puts her money at the service of others, then she is rich, very rich.” – Mother Teresa

15. “If everyone were capable of discovering the image of God in their neighbors, do you think that we would still need tanks and generals?” – Mother Teresa

16. “If we have sinned or made a mistake, let us go to Him and say, ‘I’m sorry! I repent.’ God is a forgiving Father. His mercy is greater than our sins. He will forgive us.” – Mother Teresa

17. “If we really want to conquer the world, we will not be able to do it with bombs or with other weapons of destruction. Let us conquer the world with our love. Let us interweave our lives with bonds of sacrifice and love, and it will be possible for us to conquer the world.” – Mother Teresa

18. “If you are discouraged, it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers.” – Mother Teresa

Learning Quotes from No Greater Love

19. “If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed, you won’t be discouraged; if anyone calls you a saint, you won’t put yourself on a pedestal. If you are a saint, thank God; if you are a sinner, don’t remain one. Christ tells us to aim very high, not to be like Abraham or David or any of the saints, but to be like our heavenly Father.” – Mother Teresa

20. “In every country there are poor. On certain continents, poverty is more spiritual than material, poverty that consists of loneliness, discouragement, and the lack of meaning in life.” – Mother Teresa

21. “In Mother Theresa’s life and words we find religion’s soul, in the sense that her faith is inseparable from her compassion, and her compassion is never disconnected from her behavior.” – Mother Teresa

22. “In the silence of the heart, God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.” – Mother Teresa

23. “It is difficult to pray if you don’t know how to pray, but we must help ourselves to pray. The first means to use is silence. We cannot put ourselves directly in the presence of God if we do not practice internal and external silence. – Mother Teresa

24. “It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself.” – Mother Teresa

25. “It seems to me that this great poverty of suffering in the West is much harder to solve. When I pick up some starving person off the street and offer him a bowl of rice or a piece of bread, I can satisfy his hunger. But a person that has been beaten or feels unwanted or unloved or fearful or rejected by society experiences a kind of poverty that is much more painful and deep. The cure is much more difficult to find.” – Mother Teresa

26. “Jesus gives me the opportunity to feed Him by feeding those who are hungry, to clothe Him by clothing those who are naked, to heal Him by caring for those who are sick, and to offer Him shelter by housing those who are homeless and unwanted.” – Mother Teresa

27. “Kindness has converted more people than zeal, science, or eloquence. Holiness grows so fast where there is kindness.” – Mother Teresa

28. “Life is the greatest gift that God has bestowed on human beings, and man has been created in the image of God. Life belongs to God, and we have no right to destroy it.” – Mother Teresa

29. “Love begins at home, and every Co-worker should try to make sure that deep family love abides in his or her home. Only when love abides at home we can share it with our next-door neighbor. Then it will show forth and you will be able to say to them, “Yes, love is here.” And then you will be able to share it with everyone around you.” – Mother Teresa

30. “Mothers are at the heart of the family. Children need their mothers. If the mother is there, the children will be there too. For the family to be whole, the children and the mother also need the father to be present in the home.” – Mother Teresa

31. “Not only have we denied the poor a piece of bread, but by thinking that they have no worth and leaving them abandoned in the streets, we have denied them the human dignity that is rightfully theirs as children of God.” – Mother Teresa

32. “Once we are consecrated to serving the poor, they become our family.” – Mother Teresa

33. “Our sisters and her brothers are called Missionaries of Charity. They are young people who are called to be the carriers of God’s love. A missionary is one sent with a mission – a message to deliver. Just as Jesus was sent by his Father, we too are sent by Him and filled with His spirit to be witnesses of His gospel of love and compassion.” – Mother Teresa

34. “Peace and war start within one’s own home. If we really want peace for the world, let us start by loving one another within our families.” – Mother Teresa

35. “People are hungry for the Word of God that will give peace, that will give unity, that will give joy. But you cannot give what you don’t have. That’s why it is necessary to deepen your life of prayer.” – Mother Teresa

36. “Poverty doesn’t only consist of being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremendous hunger for human dignity.” – Mother Teresa

37. “Prayer is necessary to reach that goal. Because it is the breath of life to our soul, holiness is impossible without it.” – Mother Teresa

38. “Prayer is union with God, a union as vital as that of the find the branch.” – Mother Teresa

39. “Rather than avoiding suffering, she becomes intimate with it. Rather than heroically trying to overcome death, in the style of modern Western medical philosophy, she focuses her attention on a person’s emotional state and sense of meaning in the last moments. She is acutely attentive, too, to the feelings of children, a strong sign, in my estimation, of a person profoundly initiated in the ways of the soul.” – Mother Teresa

40. “Riches, both material and spiritual, can choke you if you do not use them fairly. For not even God can put anything in a heart that is already full.” – Mother Teresa

41. “Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere — in the closing of the door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals. If we are careful of silence it will be easy to pray. There is so much talk…Our prayer life suffers so much because our hearts are not silent.” – Mother Teresa

42. “Since we cannot see Christ, we cannot express our love to Him. But we do see our neighbor, and we can do for him what we would do for Christ if He were visible.” – Mother Teresa

43. “Sometimes it is hard for us to smile at one another.” – Mother Teresa

44. “The greatest mistake is to think you are too strong to fall into temptation. Put your finger in the fire and it will burn. So we have to go through the fire.” – Mother Teresa

45. “The interior silence is very difficult, but we must make the effort. In silence, we will find new energy and true unity. The energy of God will be ours to do all things well, and so will the unity of our thoughts with his thoughts, the unity of our prayers with his prayers, the unity of our actions with his actions, of our life and with his life. Unity is the fruit of prayer, of humility, of love.” – Mother Teresa

46. “They are the small things of daily life: faithfulness, small words of kindness, a thought for others, our way of being silent, of looking, of speaking, and of acting.” – Mother Teresa

47. “This is not complicated, and yet we complicate our lives so much, by so many additions. Just one thing counts — to be humble, to pray. The more you pray, the better you will pray.” – Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa’s teaching from No Greater Love

48. “To work without love is slavery.” – Mother Teresa

49. “Total surrender to God must come in small details as it comes in big details.” – Mother Teresa

50. “True love is love that causes us pain, that hurts, and yet brings us joy. That is why we must pray to God and ask Him to give us the courage to love.” – Mother Teresa

51. “We are here to be witnesses of the love and to celebrate life because life has been created in the image of God. Life is to love and to be loved. That is why we all have to take a strong stand so that no child, boy or girl, will be rejected or unloved. Every child is a sign of God’s love, that has to be extended over all the earth.” – Mother Teresa

52. “We cannot give what we have not got.” – Mother Teresa

53. “We have a great deal of worth in the eyes of God. I never tire of saying over and over again that God loves us. It is a wonderful thing that God Himself loves me tenderly. That is why we should have courage, joy, and the conviction that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” – Mother Teresa

54. “We have to become increasingly aware that the poor are the hope of humanity, for we will be judged by how we have treated the poor… When we recognize that our suffering neighbor is the image of God Himself, and when we understand the consequences of that truth, poverty will no longer exist and we…will no longer have any work to do.” – Mother Teresa

55. “We have to possess before we can give.” – Mother Teresa

56. “We interfere with God’s plans when we push in someone or something else not suitable for us. Be strict with yourself, and then be very strict with what you are receiving from the outside.” – Mother Teresa

57. “We must never forget that we are bound toward perfection and should aim ceaselessly at it.” – Mother Teresa

58. “We must work hard every day to conquer ourselves. We must ask for the grace to love one another.” – Mother Teresa

59. “We need to love and to be somebody for someone else. This is where we make our mistake and shove people aside.” – Mother Teresa

60. “We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally.” – Mother Teresa

61. “We want so much to pray properly and then we fail. We get discouraged and give up. If you want to pray better, you must pray more. God allows failure but He does not want discouragement. He wants us to be more childlike, more humble, more grateful in prayer, to remember all belong to the…body of Christ, which is praying always.” – Mother Teresa

62. “What we need is to love without getting tired. How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small drops of oil. What are these drops of oil in our lamps?” – Mother Teresa

63. “When we all seek God in each other, we will love one another as he loves us all. That is the fulfillment of the law, to love one another. This is all Jesus came to teach us: that God loves us, and that he wants us to love one another as he loves us.” – Mother Teresa

64. “When we handle the sick and the needy we touch the suffering body of Christ in this touch will make us heroic; it will make us forget the repugnance and the natural tendencies in us. We need the eyes of deep faith to see Christ in the broken body and dirty clothes under which the most beautiful one among the sons of man hides.” – Mother Teresa

65. “Where God is, there is love; and where there is love, there always is an openness to serve. The world is hungry for God. When we all see God in each other, we will love one another as He loves us all…This is all Jesus came to teach us: that God loves us, and that He wants us to love one another as He loves us.” – Mother Teresa

66. “You may be exhausted with work, you may even kill yourself, but unless your work is interwoven with love, it is useless. To work without love is slavery.” – Mother Teresa

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