Mother Teresa

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Mother Teresa

Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910. Her father died when she was eight years old, leaving her mother, a devoutly religious womanto support the family. After spending her adolescence deeply involved in parish activities, Agnes(Mother Teresa) left home in September 1928, for the Loreto Convent in Dublin, Ireland, where she was admitted as a postulant on October 12 and received the name of Teresa, after her patroness, St. Therese of Lisieux. On 5 September 1997, Mother Teresa died at the Motherhouse. Her body was transferred to St Thomas's Church, next to the Loreto convent where she had first arrived nearly 69 years earlier. Hundreds of thousands of people from all religions, from India and abroad, paid their respects. She received a state funeral on 13 September.

Mother Teresa

It was in September of 1946 that Mother Teresa received a divine calling from God to serve him amongst the poorest of the poor. It could be said that through this calling she was able to launch her works for God. She dedicated all of her adult life to the caring of the dying, the cripple, the mentally ill, the unwanted and the unloved. It could be stated that Christ led her to Calcutta to live in the slums and share her life with the poor there. Her belief was that serving others was an important part of God’s message.

She was a charity worker in India and also a nun. She founded Missionaries of charity in Kolkata, India. For 45 years she was looking after the poor, sick, orphaned and dying . By the 1970s she was internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work. Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV and AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counseling programs, orphanages and schoolsMother Teresa had many influences in her life that helped motivate her actions.

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The major influence in her life was God. God was the motivating force that influenced Mother Teresa in helping the poorest of the poor, the abolition of abortion and the preaching of the notion that God’s love was in each and every one of us.

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."


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