Among the works that flowed from Mother Teresa's heart, one of the most important is the adoption movement. For this reason so many adoptive families are here today.
I greet you with affection, dear parents and children! I am pleased with this meeting, which allows me to reflect with you on the path you are taking. To adopt a child is a great work of love. When it is done, much is given, but much is also received. It is a true exchange of gifts.
As an alternative to questionable means (such as abortion), the existence of so many children without families suggests adoption as a concrete way of love.
- Pope John Paul II
Quotes from Mother Teresa -
"Let the children come to me" (Mk 10: 14). Mother Teresa echoed these words in a way when she said to mothers tempted by abortion: "Give me your children". Following in her footsteps, you have put yourselves with Christ on the side of children. May the Lord fill you with every consolation and sustain you in the difficulties of your journey.
"I see God in the eyes of every child--every unwanted child is welcomed by us. We then find homes for these children through adoption."
"Unborn children are among the poorest of the poor. They are so close to God. I always ask doctors at hospitals in India never to kill an unborn child. If there is no one who wants it, I will take it."
"God has created us to love and to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer--to know that he loves me, that I have been created for greater things."
"We must convert our love for Christ into deeds. We must express Christian love in concrete, living ways."
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What if my religious tradition isn't listed?
If your denomination or spiritual preference isn't listed, it may be that we cannot locate written support of the gift of adoption by one of your spiritual leaders. If we have overlooked this, we'd be happy to consider adding other comments from religious leaders that would be consistent and supportive of the Christian faith.