The book “In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers” is a short collection of some of her thoughts, stories, and prayers. It is excellent for short meditative reads. In this book, Mother Teresa speaks of the principles that have underlined her ministry for so long – selflessness, forgiveness, compassion, and spiritual strength.
- Book Name: In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers
- Published Year: 1995
- Author: Mother Teresa
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In The Heart Of The World Quotes
- “In the silence of the heart, God speaks.” – Mother Teresa
- “If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing.” – Mother Teresa
- “It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself.” – Mother Teresa
- “Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.” – Mother Teresa
- “Hungry for love, He looks at you. Thirsty for kindness, He begs of you. Naked for loyalty, He hopes in you. Homeless for shelter in your heart, He asks of you. Will you be that one to Him?” – Mother Teresa
- “A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.” – Mother Teresa
- “We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally; to be alone with Him — not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything — to dwell lovingly in His presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless. We cannot find God in noise or agitation.” – Mother Teresa
- “Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; This is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.” – Mother Teresa
- “Each of us is merely a small instrument; all of us, after accomplishing our mission, will disappear.” – Mother Teresa
- “Be kind in your actions.” – Mother Teresa
- “Do not think that you are the only one who can do efficient work, work worth showing. This makes you harsh in your judgment of others who may not have the same talents.” – Mother Teresa
- “Do your best and trust that others do their best. And be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies in.” – Mother Teresa
- “Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity, and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted, and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal.” – Mother Teresa
- “Joy must be one of the pivots of our life. It is the token of a generous personality. Sometimes it is also a mantle that clothes a life of sacrifice and self-giving. A person who has this gift often reaches high summits. He or she is like the sun in a community.” – Mother Teresa
- “Suffering is nothing by itself. But suffering shared with the passion of Christ is a wonderful gift, the most beautiful gift, a token of love.” – Mother Teresa
“Our life of contemplation shall retain the following characteristics:
- Missionary: by going out physically or in the spirit in search of souls all over the universe.
- Contemplative: by gathering the whole universe at the very center of our hearts where the Lord of the universe abides, and allowing the pure water of divine grace to flow plentifully and unceasingly from the source itself, on the whole of his creation.
- Universal: by praying and contemplating with all and for all, especially with and for the spiritually poorest of the poor.
Characteristics by Mother Teresa
- “In loving one another through our works we bring an increase of grace and a growth in divine love.” – Mother Teresa
- “To make possible true inner silence, practice: Silence of the eyes, Silence of the ears, Silence of the tongue, Silence of the mind, Silence of the heart.” – Mother Teresa
- “I shall keep the silence of my heart with greater care, so that in the silence of my heart I hear his words of comfort, and from the fullness of my heart I comfort Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poor.” – Mother Teresa
- “Silence of the eyes: by seeking always the beauty and goodness of God everywhere, and closing them to the faults of others and to all that is sinful and disturbing to the soul.” – Mother Teresa
- “Silence of the ears: by listening always to the voice of God and to the cry of the poor and the needy, and closing them to all other voices that come from fallen human nature, such as gossip, tale-bearing, and uncharitable words.” – Mother Teresa
- “Silence of the tongue: by praising God and speaking the life-giving Word of God that is the truth, that enlightens and inspires, brings peace, hope, and joy; and by refraining from self-defense and every word that causes darkness, turmoil, pain, and death.” – Mother Teresa
- “Silence of the mind: by opening it to the truth and knowledge of God in prayer and contemplation, like Mary who pondered the marvels of the Lord in her heart, and by closing it to all untruths, distractions, destructive thoughts, rash judgments, false suspicions of others, vengeful thoughts, and desires.” – Mother Teresa
- “Silence of the heart: by loving God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength; loving one another as God loves; and avoiding all selfishness, hatred, envy, jealousy, and greed.” – Mother Teresa
- “Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at all. Do it for peace.” – Mother Teresa
- “True love is love that causes us pain, that hurts, and yet brings us joy.” – Mother Teresa
- “Every act of love is a work of peace, no matter how small.” – Mother Teresa
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