This month won’t pass without the mention of the name “Mother Theresa” as she was canonized a saint 😇 on Sunday 4 September 2016. I celebrate 🙌 her as she was one of those whose actions and lifestyle added value(s) to the lives of people when she was here on earth, one who dedicated her life to the service of others and strongly stand for what she believes in and sacrificed her own comfort for the benefit of others..
Here is a brief biography of her…
Mother Teresa’s original name was Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. She was the youngest child for her parents, Nicola and Drane. She was born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje, capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Her “true birthday” was considered to be on 27 August, the day of her baptism. Having lost her father at the age of 8, her mother had taken much care, and developed her to had a good character.
In the early stages of her life, she was fascinated by the stories of missionaries. At the age of 18, she joined the Sisters of Loreto in Calcutta (Now, Kolkata) in order to start the charity works and spread the message of love in the world. She had renamed her name from Agnes to Teresa after Thérèse de Lisieux, the patroness of the missions. She was appointed as a teacher at St. Mary’s School, Calcutta. Sister Teresa became Mother Teresa on 24th May 1937. She taught from 1931 to 1948.
Call of Duty
The condition of the poor people outside the convent school where she was teaching were utterly bad. It, indeed, hurt her very deeply. She understood the need of the hour to help the destitute. It was really a call from the God to turn her attention towards the poor from then on. With courage and divinity, she had started an open-air school for the slum dwellers of Calcutta. Though she had not got any funds at the beginning, things were gradually changing positively to help her service by many volunteers. Once financial support were coming in, she had got all the power to serve to the humanity in a better way!
She did not stop with the service of teaching the poor children. She had also taught the adults and gave medical treatments to the ill patients by providing the basic amenities such as hospitals and clinics. She has been better known for starting off “Missionaries of Charity” with her pupils. Shishu Bhavan, establishment of center for AIDS patients and many Homes had also been started for the orphanages. Her service is still being followed in many parts of the world. She is an ideal person to be a good social worker and set as an example to the entire world as the icon of peace and love.
Mother Teresa was one of the greatest human beings of all time! A gift for the poor and destitute. She had received many high profiled awards. Some of them were:
* Padmashree award in 1962
* Nobel Peace Prize in 1979
* Bharat Ratna in 1980
* The Pope John XXIII Peace Prize
* Order of Merit from Queen Elizabeth
* Medal of Freedom
She said this:
” I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God “.
—– Mother Teresa