Mother Teresa – Saint of Humanity and Service

Mother Teresa History

Mother Teresa is known to every one in the world for her compassion and love for the poor and needy people. Her devotional work among the poor and dying of India won her the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. She is also known as the founder of the only Catholic religious order still growing in membership.

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Mother Teresa was born on August 27, 1910, in Yugoslavia. Her first name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu and father Dranafile Bojaxhiu and mother Nikola. She had three siblings and father works as grocery sellers. Up to her father’s death, the life of Agnes was happy and comfort in social life. Later the death of her father, life turned gloomy and upset, even though she didn’t loose the heart. Mother Teresa formal education started in Skopje public school and interested in religious activities of the Christians. There was a missionary working to spread their religious beliefs in foreign countries. Then she decided to work for poor people by joining in the missionary.

Mother Teresa Life as a Nun

One day at the age of 12, Mother Teresa felt that the God was calling to service to poor people. In her coming days also, deeply thought about the service and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. During her teenage, she impressed the social services of Jesuit missionaries. So at the age of eighteen, Mother Teresa decided to join in Irish nuns’ community to work in Calcutta, West Bengal. She trained in Dublin, Ireland in social service and treating the diseased people. In the sequence incidents, she took her religious vows in 1928 and the final vows in 1937. At first, she served as a principal in a girl’s high school in Calcutta. However, in 1946 She received a final call directly from Jesus Christ to work directly with the poor. After understand His words, she decided to work as the Jesus call, so requested Pope of Vatican City to give permission as her wish. In 1948 Pope gave permission to start a new work under the guidance of the Archbishop of Calcutta.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

After she got the permission from Pope of Vatican City, she took medical training in Patna with the American Medical Missionary Sisters. Later, she grabbed the unschooled children from slum areas in Kolkatta and started to teach them to educate in various subjects. Hence, her service attracted many wealthy people and gave financial support to the works of Mother Theresa. In 1950 her group Missionaries of Charity recognized as a religious community. Who joined in this group they should take the four vows of poverty, obedience, chastity and free service to the poorest.

mother teresaIn 1957 she started another service program to lepers and also concentrated on children education. So Teresa started nine elementary schools in Calcutta and also opened many homes for orphans and abandoned children. The service spreads to nearly twenty-two cities in India. Annai Therasa also visited many other countries and begin new foundations.

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Mother Teresa Achievements

The group of charity expanded their services throughout the 1970’s. During this period they opened new missions in America, Jordan, England and many other countries. In 1970 she got Pope John XXIII Peace Prize. By 1979 Sisters of Charity had more than two hundred operations in twenty-five countries around the world. In the same year, Mother Theresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Even the Indian Government awarded her with “Bharata Ratna” and honoured her by giving Indian citizenship.

Saint Mother Teresa Death

In 1983 she suffered a heart attack during the visit of Pope John Paul II to India. Again in 1989 she faced fatal heart attack and began wearing a pacemaker, which regulates the heartbeat. In March 1997 Sister Nirmala was announced as the head of the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa withdraws her duties and continued as an advisory role to Sister Nirmala due to the health problems. Finally on September 5, 1997, at the age of 87, Mother Teresa went into a deep sleep due to the heart attack. Then the whole of the world immerses with the grieve of her loss.