Mother Teresa: 10 inspiring quotes

Mother Teresa was born to an Albanian family on August 26, 1910, in Skopje (today the capital of Macedonia). Her birth name was Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. At the age of 18 she left home to become a missionary, leaving behind her mother and her sister, neither of whom she would ever see again. Today Mother Teresa is remembered as the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of more than 4,500 sisters in 133 countries, dedicated to offering "Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor." In 1979 Mother Teresa was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

1. True need

"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."

– Interview in Time magazine (12/4/89)

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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