Mother Teresa

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The Inspirational Story of "Mother Teresa"

Long back, a little girl was born in a wealthy family with all the privileges but sacrificing all she chose to serve the poor and the sick. She preached the message of kindness, humanity, empathy, and peace. She was Mother Teresa.

Birth: Born on 26th August 1910 in Skopje, North Macedonia to a merchant familym, she was a Roman Catholic and her birth name was Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu.

Childhood: Teresa was intrigued by stories about missionaries’ lives and service in Bengal as a child, and by the age of twelve, she was sure that she should enter monastic life. When she was 18 years old, she decided to leave her house and family to live her life as a nun. She came to Calcutta in 1921 and started teaching at the Loreto School.

Adult Life: In 1937, after taking her vows,  she then came to be known as Sister Teresa. After teaching for 15 years in Loreto School, Kolkata, she became the headmistress but the turning point of her life was in 1943 during the Bengal famine and in 1946. She noticed the miseries of the affected people in the famine and decided to help the affected people by living with them.

Trigger point in her life: She established “Missionaries of Charity” in 1950 and became Mother Teresa for all. She also vowed to provide service to “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone”. She slowly started building Nirmal  Hridhaya, Shanti Nagar, and Nirmala Shishu Bhavan for her Missionary Charity and established them throughout the world. She also traveled to national and international places to provide humanitarian service.

Awards: Teresa received a number of honors. In 1979, she received a Noble Peace Prize and was called the “Saint of the Gutter”. She also received the Bharat Ratna Award and many more Civilian awards and rewards. Today we have schools, charities, and colleges named after her, even her statues are built in many parts of the world. In 2016, after her miracles were proved, the Vatican canonized her for Sainthood and named her “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”.

“By blood, I am Albanian, By citizenship, I am Indian, By faith, I am a catholic nun, As to my calling, I belong to the world, As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus”

– Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

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