A Short Biography of Mother Teresa
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ― Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa is a universal name in the field of charity. She started off as a nun and spread the message of love through her selfless service to mankind. She dedicated her entire life for a cause and always felt that the real prize for her was the smile that she could see in other people’s lives. Her selfless attitude and undeterred determination to serve the needy made her one of the most popular person globally. She sought happiness in serving people.
Early life of Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Macedonia on August 26th 1910. When she was around 12 years old, felt the love and call of God. She wanted to spread the love of Christ all around the world. At the age of eighteen she came across the Sisters of Loreto, a missionary of nuns who had branches in India. She had her initial training in Dublin and on 24th May 1931, she took the vows of a nun. From then onward, she was called Mother Teresa. Though she taught in a school in Calcutta between 1931 and 1948, she was not satisfied with her work. The poverty that she saw outside the convent moved her heart from within. She felt it was her duty to serve them. In this regard she took the permission of her seniors to leave the school and work full time in serving the poor who dwelled in the slums of Calcutta. With the intention of educating the children who lived in slums, she started a school. Her strong determination could garner the support of other volunteers who helped her in this endeavour. Donations from people also helped her to widen the scope of her purpose.
Establishment of “The Missionaries of Charity”
In 1950, in order to spread her mission of love and devotion, Mother Teresa started her own order of “The Missionaries of Charity”. The main aim of the missionary was to take care of those people who do not have anybody to look after. Slowly the missionary spread its wings and in 1965 the pope issued a decree and it became an International Religious Family. The missionary was set up in all continents and in most of the communist countries that include Soviet Union, Cuba and Albania.
Establishment of other missionaries
Mother Teresa personally took care of TB patients, Leprosy patients and people who did not have anybody else to take care of them. Mother truly believed that serving the poor and destitute is service to God himself. In true words, with her deeds she set an example for others. She could not stop herself from starting more missions like The Missionaries of Charity brothers in 1963, The contemplative branch of the Sisters in 1976, Contemplative Brothers in 1979 and The Missionaries of Charity Fathers in 1984.
Mother Teresa won several awards and rewards for her exemplary social service. The major awards were the Padma Shri award in 1962, Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, Nehru Peace Prize in 1972, Balzan Prize in 1978 and the ultimate Nobel Peace prize in 1979. She was awarded the highest civilian prize in India, Bharat Ratna.
Mother Teresa withdrew as the Head of Missionaries and Charity in March 1997. She breathed her last on 5th September 1997. She was buried with state honors by the Indian Government. The place where she was buried has become a pilgrimage for the rich and poor and people of different faiths. Mother Teresa has proved that undeterred determination and faith can make a person morally very strong and can become a personification of love. She attained immortality with her charitable work and will remain in the hearts of everyone who want to lend their hand in the upliftment of the society. Owing to her greatness and popularity, Pope decided to go ahead with the beatification process and Mother was bestowed with the title “Blessed” after two years of her demise.
Mother Teresa is an epitome of love and affection. Her name is synonymous with care and affection for the downtrodden. Her dynamic spirit has inspired several souls to take up the path of social service and charity. It is amazing to see how a little girl from a foreign country adapted to India and served the poorest of the poor here. She is an embodiment of strong will power. She has shown the world that if you believe in doing something, nothing can hinder your advances. One needs to instill tremendous confidence and a never-give-up attitude to reach their goals.