Not many are brave to shun a life of comfort and take on poverty as their own. Not many long to serve the poor. Those who do are extraordinary people and Saint Mother Teresa was one of them.
Who was Saint Mother Teresa?
Saint Mother Teresa was a well-known Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to serving the poor and needy. She set up the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) in India to help those in need of food, clothes, and shelter. The Roman Catholic Church recognized her two miracles from her followers and canonized her as Saint Teresa.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on 26th August 1910 in Skopje, Serbia. At the age of 12, she felt a calling to devote her life to Christ and so she joined the Sisters of Loreto, nuns in Ireland, at the age of 18. She was granted permission to visit India. In 1931, she took her religious vows and chose to be named after St Therese of Lisieux- the patron saint of missionaries.
Initially, Mother Teresa taught at a school in Calcutta, but the poverty in the streets outside of the convent touched her heart. She started an open-air school for slum children and she was joined by voluntary workers. She started The Missionaries of Charity in 1950 and it became an International Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI. She always felt that by serving others you follow the fundamental principle and teachings of Jesus Christ.
She experienced two periods in Calcutta that left her traumatized and strengthened her resolve to help the poor. One was the Bengal famine of 1943 and the other was the Hindu/Muslim violence in 1946. She left the convent in 1948 and started to live full-time with the poor people of Calcutta. She wore a white saree with a blue border. She and her group of nuns served the poor and dying. Slowly her work spread around the world and by 2013, there were 700 missions serving in 130 countries. She was a firm Catholic and her life was influenced by her faith and religion.
What is Mother Teresa known for?
Mother Teresa is known for her works of charity. She was a compassionate and selfless beacon of hope who gave hope to millions of homeless.
True meaning of charity
Many of us dream to help the poor but we always procrastinate and do not take this good deed seriously. Mother Teresa was a brave woman who had a genuine desire to serve the poor. Her humanitarian efforts are humongous and she set up orphanages, soup kitchens, a colony for the lepers, and a home for the dying destitute.
She spread the awareness of charity all across the globe and inspired many to join her in her mission. She exchanged her life of comfort with that of service to the needy. She proved her material things don’t bring happiness but an act of kindness can make a difference.
Her works of charities are countless. She self-treated the lepers and educated the poorest of the poor. She fed the hungry and provided a roof to sleep for the homeless. She treated the orphans as her kids. She did it with a passion in her heart and was never bogged down by harsh criticisms.
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Saint Mother Teresa never differentiated between caste, color, gender, or race. She set up a home that cares for people infected with HIV/AIDS. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work promoting charity. She has received several other notable awards such as the Pope John XXII Peace Prize in 1971, Nehru Prize for international peace and understanding in 1972, Magsaysay award, and the Balzan Prize in 1979.
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When was Mother Teresa declared a Saint?
Mother Teresa left for heavenly abode on 5th September 1997 at the age of 87. The Missionaries of Charity that she set up had nearly 4000 members at the time of her death. In 2003, Pope John Paul II beatified and declared her as “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”. In 2016, Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in a canonization ceremony in Vatican City.
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