The modern hospice movement is usually credited to Britain’s Dame Cicly Saunders who opened St Christopher’s hospice in London in 1967. But what about Mother Teresa? In 1952 she created the Khalighat home for the dying in an abandoned Hindu temple in Calcutta. It was a free hospice for the poor and the homeless. All comers received medical attention and the opportunity to die with dignity, according to the rituals of their faith; Muslims were read the Quran, Hindus received water from the Ganges, and Catholics received the Last Rites. I don’t know much about Mother Teresa otherwise, but I do love some of her sayings
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
“In the silence of the heart God speaks.
“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”