"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." ~Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa loved, and that is the quality we attribute to the quintessential Mother. Love that is not selfish but self-sacrificing is what we yearn for from our mothers and mother figures.
A Catholic nun, Mother Teresa traveled to India in 1948 and, although an Albanian born in Kosovo, she adopted Indian citizenship. She formed and headed an organization called Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, whose mission it was to live amongst and help the poor, sick, abandoned, and starving.
Today, the order she founded in Calcutta has grown to "more than 4,000 nuns running orphanages, AIDS hospices and charity centers worldwide, and caring for refugees, the blind, disabled, aged, alcoholics, the poor and homeless, and victims of floods, epidemics, and famine." (wikepedia)
Now that's a mother who cared!
She is given credit for a poem called Anyway that is written on the wall of the Mother Teresa's Calcutta children's home, but was actually written by a man named Kent M. Keith and titled The Paradoxical Commandments.
She died in 1997, at the age of 87--a very well-respected public figure.