A native of Albania, Teresa’s given name was Anjez (Agnes) Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She founded the charitable Order of Charity to help the poor. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and is widely considered to be one of the century’s most influential humanitarians. Nine years after her death in 2016, the Catholic nun was canonized, according to CNN. As a result of her vow of poverty as a nun, her life was very austere.
Following her death, The New York Times reported that her charity was one of the world’s wealthiest institutions, but that the Vatican should have waited to canonize her because it never disclosed where its money went.
Reports claim that while she was in charge, she disregarded regulations concerning things like the isolation of tuberculosis patients and the administration of pain medicine. One of Mother Teresa’s tenets, according to the author, was that suffering was the surest way to get to know God.
Mother Teresa Early Life
Mother Teresa, or Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was born on August 27, 1910, in the Macedonian city of Skopje. When she was born, the city of Skopje was still a part of the Ottoman Empire, a massive Turk-controlled empire that spanned the 15th and 16th centuries. Agnes Bojaxhiu was born to Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhiu, a couple who managed a grocery store in Albania.
Agnes’ father passed away when she was nine years old, putting an end to the family’s happy, close-knit life. When she was a student at the public high school in Skopje, Macedonia, she joined the school’s international missions club (groups that travel to foreign countries to spread their religious beliefs).
Even as a youngster, she always felt the urge to assist those who were less fortunate. Mother Teresa was profoundly inspired as a young woman by the work of Yugoslav Jesuit missionaries in Bengal, India. She had a strong desire to do this kind of work.
At the age of eighteen, Mother Teresa embarked on a lifelong journey when she joined the Irish religious order the Sisters of Loretto, and moved to India to serve in the city of Calcutta. Before being taught in Darjeeling, India, she took her religious vows in 1928 in Dublin, Ireland. Before becoming a missionary, Mother Teresa was a teacher and then the administrator of a high school for girls in Calcutta. The majority of the kids at this school come from affluent backgrounds, despite the fact that it is located near some of the city’s poorest districts.
In 1946, Mother Teresa answered her second “call within a call,” or vocation. A voice within her urged her to quit the convent and help the poor on the streets. Because of this, in 1948 she was allowed to leave the Loretto Sisters and start a new mission with the blessing of the Archbishop of Calcutta.
Mother Teresa Social and Political Views
Abortion was pointed out by Mother Teresa as “the most significant source of conflict in our society. If a mother can kill her own child, then what stands between me killing you and you killing me?
After receiving the Peace Prize, Mother Teresa came under fire from secular humanist Barbara Smoker of the magazine The Freethinker, who claimed that Teresa’s advocacy for Catholic moral teachings on abortion and contraception redirected resources away from more efficient means of addressing India’s problems. Mother Teresa made the following remarks during the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women: “This precious gift of motherhood can be lost, however, if we let evils like abortion, as well as the false notion that material possessions or social status, come before love.
Mother Teresa Quotes:
- Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
- Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.
- Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful to little things is a great thing.
- We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.
- Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.
- If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
- Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
- God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
- We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.
- Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.
- I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.
- Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
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