Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje, then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. She was the youngest child of Albania couple Nikollë and Dranafile Bojaxhiu (Bernai). She was baptized on 27 August 1910 and later she considered this day as her "true birthday". Fascinated by stories of missionaries, she was convinced by age 12 that she would lead a religious life. In 1928, at age 18 she moved away from home and joined the Sisters of Loreto at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, Ireland. With the objective of becoming a missionary, she learnt English here and took the name Sister Mary Teresa after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. She never returned home or met her mother or her sister ever again.
In 1929, Sister Mary Teresa traveled for the novitiate period to Darjeeling, India. She took her First Profession of Vows in May 1931. Later, she was assigned to teach at Saint Mary's High School for Girls at Calcutta, a school run by the Loreto Sisters for girls of poorest Bengali families. She soon was able to speak both Bengali and Hindi fluently. She committed to ease the girls' poverty through education. In 1937, she made her Final Profession of Vows to a life of poverty, chastity and obedience and became Mother Teresa. By her compassion, humanity and unfailing dedication to her students' education, she sought to lead them to a life dedicated to Christ. After her service of nearly two decades, she was appointed its headmistress in 1944.
Mother Teresa heard the call of her inner conscience while travelling by train. She heard Christ asking her to serve the poor by staying with them. She could not leave her convent without official permission as per her vow of obedience. In January 1948 she finally received approval to pursue this new calling and in 1950 she founded ‘Missionaries of Charity'. She went out to serve humanity with two saris with a blue border and adopted Indian citizenship. After six months of basic medical training, for the first time she expedited Calcutta's slums to aid "the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for".
With help from Calcutta officials in 1952, Teresa opened her first hospice by converting an abandoned Hindu temple into the Kalighat, the Home of the Pure Heart (Nirmal Hriday), free for the poor. She opened a hospice ‘Shanti Nagar’ for those with leprosy. To provide medication, dressings and food for leprosy patients the Missionaries of Charity started leprosy-outreach clinics throughout Calcutta. In 1955 she started Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, a shelter for orphans and homeless youth and children. By the 1960s it had opened hospices, orphanages and leper houses throughout India. From 1965 to 1970, the congregation opened houses and foundations in many dozens of countries across the world.
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Mother Teresa was bestowed with various honors for her vigorous and valuable charity. The Decree of Praise by Pope Paul VI was just the beginning. She was awarded the Jewel of India, the highest honor bestowed on Indian civilians and the now-defunct Soviet Union's Gold Medal of the Soviet Peace Committee. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work "in bringing help to suffering humanity" in 1979 and the Bharat Ratna (India's highest civilian award) in 1980.
Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, at the age of 87 after several years of deteriorating health, including heart, lung and kidney problems. By this time, the Missionaries of Charity numbered more than 4,000 — in addition to thousands more lay volunteers — with 610 foundations in 123 countries around the world. A day before the 19th anniversary of her death i.e., on September 4, 2016, Mother Teresa was canonized as a saint.
Mother Teresa is an inspiration to the world for her lifelong selfless commitment to the needy, poor and most vulnerable of the world. She guided us a way, to be closer to God, through the path of service. Her selflessness, sacrifices, the love and compassion she showered on the destitute of all faiths has made her an international symbol of charitable work. Her life has inspired the rich and the poor alike into another way of compassionate living. Share these Mother Teresa Quotes with your family, friends, colleagues and well wishers to motivate them and make them feel enlightened and inspired.