September 5: International Day of Charity

mother-teresaToday is the International Day of Charity. It is meant to recognize and remind us how charity alleviates humanitarian crises around the world…not that we’ve heard of any humanitarian crises anywhere, have we? This day is the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, who in so many ways personified the charitable soul. I quote her often, my favorite being: “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

I love that spirit–yes you can make a difference, even if you’re broke, over-scheduled, over-worked, too busy, depressed, or hungry yourself. Yes you can, absolutely and without question, make a difference. You are being stingy if you’re not.

Here are some more Mother T quotes I think are great reminders of what this day, and every day, ought to say to us:

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

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

Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

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