Our sisters are working in New York with the shut-ins. What they see–the terrible pain of our people, that loneliness, that fear, that feeling of being alone, unwanted, unloved. I think that it is much greater than every cancer and AIDS. The sisters have met people like that very often–completely brokenhearted, desperate with big feelings of hurt. You may meet people like that and you must come to know them. You must come to know your own children, and very often we find this in our own communities–brothers and sisters who feel that kind of feeling. Do we know the pain and poverty of our people with whom we come in contact?
–Mother Teresa, Thirsting for God