Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Born in 1910, Mother Teresa knew early on that she was called to help the poor. She became a nun and taught at a girls' college in Calcutta until 1946, when she left her convent to help the poorest of the poor while living among them. In her Home for Dying Destitutes, she provided a shelter where the poor could die in dignity.
As founder and leader of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa's attitude toward money was that God would provide whatever she needed. "Money, I never think of it," she once said. "It always comes. The Lord sends it. We do his work; he provides the means. If he does not give us the means, that shows he does not want the work. So why worry?" A favorite motto she lived and preached was "Do small things with great love." She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.