“There are no great things, only small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

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Mother Teresa officially became a saint this weekend. Canonized by the Catholic Church she is now Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She embodied compassion for the poorest of the poor. In her words she cared for the, “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.” She lived among her patients and while she was mostly praised she faced adversity from critics of her work. Undaunted she served a higher calling.

What became abundantly obvious to me was that she embodied her often quoted sentiment, “There are no great things, only small things with great love.” She inspired the Missionaries of Charity order of nuns to follow in her footsteps. In 1979 she won the Nobel Peace Prize in large part in recognition of her efforts on behalf of the powerless, sick and unwanted in Calcutta.

The world needs more people to do small things with great love. How can you help?


About Casey Knight

Professor, author, mother, and nature lover.
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