Mother Teresa’s lifelong devotion to the world’s poorest and most unsafe people encouraged countless millions. Today, i.e. August 26, marks the 112th birth anniversary of the essence of peace, kindness and happiness, Mother Teresa, also known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Her extraordinary devotion and sacrifice made her an international icon of humanitarian service, and the love and compassion she offered the deprived of all religions earned her a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, which she bestowed fully to the poor. She was an icon of compassionate care for the poor and the underprivileged.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. Her forefathers were Albanians. She felt deeply about God’s call when she was twelve years old. She recognised that she had to be a missionary in order to preach Christ’s love. So, she quit her home at the age of eighteen to join the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish order of nuns with missions in India. After a few months of training in Dublin, she was shipped to India, where she swore her first vows as a nun on May 24, 1931.
Dedicating life for poor
Mother Teresa tutored at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta from 1931 to 1948., But the adversity and poverty she observed outside the convent walls left such a lasting imprint on her that in 1948, she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and dedicate herself to working among the poorest of the poor in Calcutta’s slums. Despite her lack of cash, she relied on God and established an open-air school for slum children. She was soon joined by others, and financial assistance was also furnished. This empowered her to expand the scope of her work.
Mother Teresa got approval from the Holy See on October 7, 1950, to establish her own order, “The Missionaries of Charity,” whose primary goal was to love and care for individuals whom no one else was willing to look for. By Pope Paul VI’s order in 1965, the Society became an International Religious Family. Today, the committee serves the lowest of the impoverished, regardless of socioeconomic status, creed, colour, or religion. They intentionally choose to illustrate God’s compassion for the poorest and most vulnerable by being on the ground and furnishing immediate and practical assistance to the needy until they can find someone who can support them in a better and more stable way.
Today, Missionaries of Charity celebrates the 112th birth anniversary of its founder Mother Teresa.
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