Mother Teresa by DemiIt is not how much we do but how much love
we put in the doing
that makes our offering
something beautiful for God.
-- MOTHER TERESA
Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910, Mother Teresa was called to a religious life at a young age and began her novitiate in 1928. She took the name Teresa after Saint Teresa of Lisieux, the patroness of missionaries, and dedicated her entire life to helping the poorest of the poor in India and, later, throughout the world.
Founder of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, she came to be known as Mother Teresa and oversaw thousands of nuns as they ministered to the poor, the starving, and the dying.
Mother Teresa was the recipient of many of the worlds most prestigious humanitarian awards, including the United States Medal of Honor and the Nobel Peace Prize. She died in Calcutta, India, in 1997 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003. In his homily the pope said, Let us praise the Lord for this diminutive woman in love with God, a humble Gospel messenger and a tireless benefactor of humanity. In her we honor one of the most important figures of our time. Let us welcome her message and follow her example.
Blessed by Pope John Paul II himself, Demis Mother Teresa is a glorious biography of one of the most beloved women of our time -- a woman whose actions and words will inspire us all.
Who was Mother Teresa? Facts and Information
She made the decision to leave her family and become a nun at the young age of 18 with the desire to be a teacher. She traveled to Ireland and then later to India for her novitiate period. The order was dedicated to teaching the girls of some of the poorest Bengali families and it was here that Mother Teresa learned to speak both Hindi and Bengali. Her hopes as a teacher was to help to eliminate the poverty of the girls through education. She continued to teach in the school and in became the school principal and she was loved by many for her kindness and devotion to education. It was in that Mother Teresa experienced something that would change her life. While riding on a train from Calcutta for a retreat, she said Christ spoke to her and told her to leave the teaching work that she was doing and work in the Calcutta slums, helping the sickest and poorest people of the city.
After living in Skopje for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India , where she lived for most of her life. In , Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity , a Roman Catholic religious congregation that had over 4, nuns and was active in countries in It also runs soup kitchens , dispensaries, mobile clinics, children's and family counselling programmes, as well as orphanages and schools. Members take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience , and also profess a fourth vowto give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor. She was canonised on 4 September , and the anniversary of her death 5 September is her feast day. A controversial figure during her life and after her death , Teresa was admired by many for her charitable work.
As the Missionaries of Charity grew under Mother's leadership, they expanded their ministry to other countries. By the s she had become internationally well known as an advocate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a movie and book, Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge. She did not think women had the right to have abortions and said "The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? Mother Teresa received criticism over the years, especially in recent years as debate about sex and abortion grew. Christopher Hitchens says that, instead of trying to help the poor, she encouraged them to endure pain and continue to suffer. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God".
Mother Teresa's devotional work among the poor and dying of India won her the Nobel Prize for Peace in , She was born on August 26, , in Macedonia.
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born Aug. Agnes was fascinated with missionaries from an early age, and by 12 she knew that she would commit herself to a religious vocation. Although she lived to be 87, she never saw her mother or sister again after the day she left for Ireland. Sister Teresa began teaching history and geography in Calcutta at St. She remained there for 15 years and enjoyed the work, but was distressed by the poverty she saw all around her.