“We cannot do great things; we can only do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta (August 27, 1910 to September 5, 1997)
Sister Teresa received Papal permission to serve as an independent nun in Calcutta, India, and began her service in the late 1940’s. There in the slums where the poorest of the poor lived, Sister Teresa ministered to the neediest people.
Incrementally, in doing small unselfish acts of love for the poorest people of Calcutta, Sister Teresa did a great and marvelous thing with great love: she alleviated the suffering of the poor, the orphaned, the ill, and the dying.
Mother Teresa was criticized by some in India. She had prominent critics in Europe and the United States. In reading about this criticism, I don’t discount it. I merely want to focus on the great amount of good she did for people of all religions in India and around the world .
She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. By the time of her death in 1997, The Missionaries of Charity had a worldwide presence in over a hundred countries including the United States, operating soup kitchens, hospices, and all manner of programs for the neediest people in those countries.