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The Commandment of Love


If you don't have love for one another, then how can you love Christ?

teresasmile7How can they see Jesus in you?  That's why we need a clean heart, to see Jesus.  Love one another.  That's all Jesus came to teach us.  The whole Gospel is very, very simple.  Do you love me?  Obey my commandments.  He's turning and twisting just to get around to one thing: love one another.  He wants us to be really, really loving….

Intense love does not measure; it just gives.  To be an apostle of the Sacred Heart, one must be burning with love, intense love for your neighbor....

These words of Jesus, Love one another, even as I have loved you, should be not only a light to us, but they should also be a flame consuming the selfishness which prevents the growth of holiness.  Jesus loved us to the end, to the very limit of love: the cross.  This love must come from within, from our union with Christ.  It must be an outpouring of our love for God, in one family, a family with the common Father, who is in heaven.  Loving must be as normal to us as living and breathing, day after day until our death.



Saint Teresa of Calcutta "The Commandment of Love."  Mother Teresa Center (San Diego, CA:  2019).

Mother Teresa's words © by the Mother Teresa Center, exclusive licensee throughout the world of the Missionaries of Charity for the works of Mother Teresa. Used with permission. For more information, please see

The Author

teresa2Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta) was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, to Albanian heritage. She founded the Missionaries of Charity which in 2015 consisted of 5,161 sisters serving in 758 houses in 139 countries. She described herself in this way: "By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus." Among her books are A Call to Mercy,  Jesus is My All in All, Come Be My Light, and Where There Is Love, There Is God.

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