Saturday, 28 January 2017

From Albania, Anyway

Mother Teresa MC, known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje in 1910 and died in Kolkata [Calcutta] India in 1997. I think she is probably the world's most famous Albanian. Since her death, in some quarters her work has been discredited, and her motives questioned. 

However nobody can deny that she sought to bring comfort to the poor and the dying - and that much of what she said was wise and helpful.
This blog recently quoted something I had written here, and one of the comments which followed that post reminded us of something Mother Teresa once wrote. I think it is worth passing on - particularly for those who might feel a bit discouraged at the minute, anyway...

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa


  1. I have carried this quote in my handbag for many years. It inspires calm.

  2. Thanks for sharing this, Angela! Much need words of wisdom right now.


  3. One of my friends gave me a framed copy of this poem, one Christmas. Good words to live by.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this x


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