Table of Contents
- Who is Mother Teresa?
- Mother Teresa Biography
- St. Teresa of Calcutta
- Mother Teresa Facts
- Mother Teresa: Awards and Achievements
- Lesson Summary
Mother Teresa is one of the most well-known recent saints in the Roman Catholic Church. She is best known for her work with the poor in Calcutta and for founding the Missionaries of Charity. St Teresa of Calcutta became renowned worldwide and even won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. She was baptized in the Catholic Church the next day. She was raised in a devout family that included her mother, father, sister, and brother. She was the youngest of three children.
The family lived comfortably and were very generous with what they had. However, at the age of either eight or nine, her father, who was quite involved in politics, died. It is said that he died of an illness, but there is speculation that he was poisoned.
The family’s generosity with all they had remained even though they no longer were as well off financially. Her mother told her, '' My child, never eat a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others.''
Bojaxhiu’s family was strict as her parents did not want them focusing their time on frivolous matters. They were, however, very devout. The children said the rosary together every night, and her mother went to Mass every day.
As a public school student, she first became interested in the missions when she was a member of a foreign missions group at school.
When she was twelve years old, Bojaxhiu started to feel called to become a nun. She was influenced by a Jesuit priest who often told of his missionary work in India. So she joined the Loreto Sisters in 1928. This group of nuns out of Ireland did mission work in India.
In March 1997, Mother Teresa stepped down as head of the Missionaries of Charity. At the time, the order had 4,400 members. She passed away six months later. The Indian government had a state funeral for her, and the carriage her body was transported in was the same one they used to transport the body of Gandhi after his death.
The world mourned her loss, and on September 4, 2016, Pope Francis declared her a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.
After Bojaxhui went to Darjeeling, India, to complete her training. In 1931 she took her final vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. At that time, she took the name, Sister Teresa. She then was sent to Calcutta to work first as a teacher and then as a principal in a girls’ school. She became familiar with the poor in Calcutta, although her students themselves were wealthy.
On September 10, 1946, her life would change. She was on a train ride when, as she said, ''. . . I heard the call of God. The message was quite clear: I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them.'' This is what she referred to as her call within a call. It was not until 1948 that the pope granted her permission to leave the Loreto Sisters. She received six months of medical training and left for Calcutta. She would eventually become known as Mother Teresa.
In 1950 she received official recognition of her group, the Missionaries of Charity.
The Missionaries of Charity were focused on providing aid to the poorest of the poor. Some of the work they did was
The Missionaries of Charity were insistent upon living with and similar to those they served. They, themselves, we're dedicated to poverty, and they wore a sari similar to other women in Calcutta. Mother Teresa said, '' To be able to love the poor and know the poor, we must be poor ourselves.'~.'
Because they received considerable publicity, the Missionaries could expand their work.
The Missionaries of Charity expanded beyond Calcutta to other areas in India and worldwide.
Mother Teresa is known for her very practical love. As seen as follows, her words match this dedication she had.
'' Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.''
'' I see somebody dying, I pick him up. I find somebody hungry; I give him food. He can love and be loved. I don't look at his color; I don't look at his religion. I don't look at anything. Every person, whether he is Hindu, Muslim or Buddhist, he is my brother, my sister.''
Mother Teresa received multiple honors and much recognition for the work of the Missionaries of Charity.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. She was one of three siblings, and her early years were happy ones spent with her parents and her older brother and sister. Her family was quite devout, although strict, and did their best to serve those around him. Her family's financial situation was altered when her father died while Mother Teresa was young, but they remained committed to their faith and service.
When Mother Teresa was 12, she received a calling to become a nun. She had a strong pull to serve in the missions, partially influenced by a Jesuit priest. She first did this as one of the Loreto Sisters who worked in India. After years of working in India, she received a ''call within a call'' and asked for and eventually received permission to start the Missionaries of Charity and serve the poorest of the poor Calcutta. The Missionaries would ultimately serve those not only in Calcutta but all over the world. Mother Teresa received many honors throughout her life, and after her death, there was a global outpouring of support. She was named a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.
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Mother Teresa's work was important because she worked tirelessly to help those who had no one else to help them. She was determined to live like the poor among the poor. The call she received was to help the poorest of the poor.
Mother Teresa is a Roman Catholic saint. She began work as a sister of Loreto, working in India before she started the Missionaries of Charity, who were dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor.
Mother Teresa made a huge impact in the world because of her dedication to the poor. Among other things, her Missionaries of Charity opened schools, orphanages, medical clinics, homes for the elderly, and homes for dying so they could die with dignity.
Mother Teresa is a Roman Catholic saint known throughout the world primarily for her work in India. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, who were dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor.
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