February 5, 2013
Biography of Mother Theresa Jesus in Disguise
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, now known as Mother Teresa, was born in Skopje, Macedonia on August 26, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent and devoutly Catholic. Her parents, Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhiu, did their absolute best to raise her and her two older siblings in a Godly, respectable way. Nikola was a hard working, successful businessman and her mother, Dranafile, stayed at home to devotedly tend to the children. Devastatingly, Mother Teresa’s father died when she was only eight years old, leaving their family completely torn apart. Grieving Dranafile suddenly became a single mother of three struggling to make ends meet, selling textiles and hand-made embroidery to earn a meager income. Deeply broken over the unexpected loss of her father, Mother Teresa turned to the Lord for comfort and made the decision, at an early age, to truly devote her life to following the will of God. Four years later, at the age of twelve, she felt heavily called to serve God as a nun. She knew in her heart that she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ to the lost. Although she battled this decision for five years, she completely surrendered and left her home, at the age of eighteen, to join the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. Following a few months of training and preparation in Dublin, she was irrevocably sent to India, where she arrived on January 6, 1929. After serving for two years, as somewhat of an apprentice, Mother Teresa took her official vows as a Loreto nun on
May 24, 1931. She settled in to the Loreto Entally convent in Calcutta to begin teaching History and Geography at St. Mary’s High School. The the immense amount of suffering and severe poverty she saw outside the newly entered convent walls made such a profound impression on her, that in...