My Ideal Person
One woman, one mission—that's all it takes to change the world. Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gnocchi Bojaxhin, in South Yugoslavia in 1910, came to Kolkata at the age of 18 to pursue her life's mission of caring for the poorest of the poor. Mother Teresa, an Angel of Mercy, was God's greatest gift to mankind. Her life was a true story of love and compassion. It was she who brought shine on the faces of millions who were sick and poor. Throughout her life she did the service of the 'poorest of the poor'. She had firm belief that through serving the poorest, she was serving the God. Mother Teresa's real name was Agnes Gonreha Bojaxhiu. She was born in Skopje, then in Albania, Yugoslavia, on 27th August, 1910. When she was only twelve years old, she decided to become a nun to spend her life for God's work. And at 18, she went to Ireland and entered the congregation of sisters of Loretto at the institute of Blessed Virgine Marg. There Agnes took on the name Teresa'. There in that distant land she would get the call to go to India. And it was in 'Kolkata' that she arrived in 1929, to become a teacher in a Lorretto school. She devoted 17 years of her life to it. In 1946 she left the school to serve the 'poorest of the poor' of Kolkata. She discarded the black and white dress of the Lorretto nuns and wore a coarse, blue-bordered sari. Sister Teresa became an Indian Citizen in the year 1948 and came to be known as Mother Teresa. She had boundless faith and courage in her heart. She set up her organisation, the Missionaries of charity. It began formally in October, 1950. In the early days, she had lack of money and help. But Mother Teresa did not wait for them. She entered a slum, gathered a few children around her, picked up a stick and drew the letters of the Bengali alphabet on the ground. Soon someone donated a chair, another blackboard and teachers volunteered their services and the school became a reality. Later Mother Teresa resolved to build a home...
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