Mother Teresa & Her Works
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them”
The above quote itself says a lot about the beloved Mother Teresa. She was a soul that loved each and every one. Mother Teresa, born on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, capital of Republic of Macedonia, was a Catholic nun. She was baptized and named as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her parents were Nikola and Drana file Bojaxhiu, descent of Albania. Dranafile was a business person who operated as a construction contractor and a medicines trader and other various goods. The Bojaxhius family were religious Catholic followers and her mother was highly interested and involved in the church and city politics Albanian independence.
In 1928, at the age of 18, Agnes Bojaxhiutook the wise decision of becoming a nun and left for Ireland to be a part of the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin. There she acquired the name Sister Mary Teresa after the great Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
After one year, Sister Teresa moved to Darjeeling, India, in May 1931. She took her First Profession of Vows there. Later she was allocated to provide education at Saint Mary’s High School for Girls, in Calcutta. It was a school led by the Loreto Sisters, dedicated to teach girls from Calcutta’s poorest families. Sister Teresa learned both fluent Hindi and Bengali as she taught the girls history and geography and devoted herself to relieving the girls’ insufficiency of resources through education.
Sister Teresa made her Final Profession of Vows dedicating her life to chastity, poverty and obedience. As the Loreto nuns had a custom, she acquired the title of “Mother” after reciting her final vows and came to be known as we know her today – Mother Teresa.
In September 1946, Mother Teresa was exposed to a second calling, the “call within a call” that forever transformed her life. She was on a train to the Himalayan hills for a religious retreat when Christ, himself,conversed with her and told her to leave teaching and to dedicate herself in the slums of Calcutta helping the poorest and unhealthiest people.
Mother Teresa received severalhonours for her relentless and selfless charity. She received the Jewel of India award, the peakhonourpresentedto Indian civilians, and also the Gold Medal of Soviet Union of the Soviet Peace Committee. In 1979, she won her uppermosthonour when she was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize award in gratitude of her work “in bringing help to suffering humanity.”
After countless years of weakening health, she was diagnosed with heart, kidney and lung problems. Mother Teresa took her last breath on September 5, 1997, aged 87. After her death till now, Mother Teresa has stayed in the public eye. In specific, the publication of her own communication in 2003 caused an extensive reassessment of her life by enlightening the catastrophe of faith she went through for majority of the remaining years of her life.However, till her dying day, she spoke only of the most modest works of her own personal achievements.