The link of the saint with literature
As we commemorate the birthday of Mother Terasa, the humanitarian who dedicated her life to the cause of the poor, we should also see her beyond the cause of humanity.
Mother Teresa was a living example of the saying that he who lives for others is he who is truly alive and witnessed by the world. In the early 1950s, she left Loreto Nunnery in Darjeeling and moved to Calcutta (Kolkata) to serve and live among the poor and destitute. Hence, she was also known as the “Saint of Calcutta”. She was a spiritual, selfless and humanitarian person who dedicated 49 years of her life (1948 – 1997) to social services.
Mother Teresa, author
Mother Teresa’s life has been an inspiration to many social workers around the world. Besides being a humanitarian, she was also an author. She wrote prayers, quotes and her experiences in the form of books.
On the occasion of her birthday, here are some books by Mother Teresa and the quotes to live from these books.
Mother Teresa: in my own words by Mother Teresa (Published: 1996)
“The less we have, the more we give. It sounds absurd, but it’s the logic of love.
“Sometimes people can be hungry for more than bread.
It is possible that our children, our husband, our wife, do not hunger for bread, do not need clothes, do not lack a home. But are we also sure that none of them feel alone, abandoned, neglected, in need of affection? That too is poverty”
Simple Path Meditations by Mother Teresa (Published: 1996)
“The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, and the fruit of service is peace.”
“Yesterday is past and tomorrow has not yet come; we must live each day as if it were the last so that when God calls us, we are already ready to die with a pure heart.
Mother Teresa: Come be my light by Mother Teresa (Published: 2007)
« Cheerfulness is the sign of a generous and mortified person who, forgetting everything, even herself, seeks to please her God in all that she does for souls. Cheerfulness is often a cloak that hides a life of sacrifice and continual union with God.
“Our poor people are great people, very kind people, they don’t need our pity and sympathy. They need our love, understanding and respect. We must tell the poor that they are someone for us, that they too were created, by the same loving hand of God, to love and to be loved.
Where there is love, there is God by Mother Teresa (Published: 2010)
“Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is someone who needs you. This is your chance.
“Holiness grows quickly where there is goodness. I have never heard of kind souls going astray. The world is lost for lack of gentleness and kindness.
Films, documentaries, shows and literature about Mother Teresa
- Something beautiful for Goda documentary in 1969 and a book in 1972 by Malcolm Muggeridge, was dedicated to Mother Teresa.
- Christopher Hitchens made a documentary in 1994 called “Hell’s Angel”. The documentary portrays Mother Teresa as someone who urged the poor to come to terms with their lot and that the rich are favored by God.
- In 1995, Christopher Hitchens wrote an essay, The missionary position: Mother Teresa in theory and in practice, in reference to his 1994 film.
- Amar Kumar Bhattacharya has made two short documentaries about Mother Teresa’s work among the poor in India. The films have been named Mother of the Century (2021) and Mother Teresa (2002) and were produced by the Cinema Division of the Government of India.
- Bible-based Indian Christian program broadcast on DD National in the early 1990s, Ki Kahaniyan Biblewas hosted by Mother Teresa for a few episodes in which she shared the importance of biblical messages.
- Kevin Connor’s movie Mother Teresa: In the name of the poor of God received an Art Film Festival award in 1997.
- A 2003 Italian TV miniseries, Mother Teresa of Calcuttawhich was re-released in 2007, received a CAMIE award.
- In 2014 a movie, Letters was directed by William Riead, based on Mother Teresa’s letters to Vatican priest Celeste van Exem.
- Cara Francis the FantasyGrandma, played Mother Teresa in a comedy rap battle against Sigmund Freud onEpic rap battles from historyYouTube series, in 2019.
- Mother Teresa briefly appears as one of 22 former mentors, in the 2020 animated film Soul