"I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."It just jumped off the page at me. It spoke to my heart, as the life of Mother Teresa has spoken to me so many times.
I am Catholic, sort of. I was born into a Catholic family. I was "christened" as an infant, went to CCD classes, and went through first communion. That was when I was about 7 years old. I pretty much haven't been back to a Catholic church on a regular basis since then for lots of different reasons. But I've always thought of myself as Catholic and I've always admired nuns.
Nuns are a puzzling character in modern society. They are selfless, giving, and devout. They don't get married, they don't have families, they live in poverty on purpose. They are the antithesis of the American Dream. And they dress funny. But nuns are, in my opinion, some of the most unsung heroes of our times and Mother Teresa has got be in the Top Ten List of All Time Best Nuns.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910. She died in 1997 at the age of 87. She left home at the age of 18 to start her work as a missionary and then shortly after became a nun. She is most famous for her work in India with the poor, orphaned, and dying. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Even now, in her death, she's kicking butt and has already been beatified by Pope John Paul II, which puts her on the fast track to sainthood.
Throughout her life of amazingly good works she was also talking up a storm, which made for some very good quotes. Mother Teresa had a lot to say: