Mother Teresa, (birth name Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) was a Nobel Peace Prize winner of 1979. She also received other awards, for example the Pope John XXlll Peace prize in 1971, and the Nehru Prize in 1972, and the Balzan Prize in 1979.
She was Albanian by blood, but born in Macedonia. Mother Teresa wanted to spread the love of Jesus. She felt great connection to God at a young age, and wanted to spend her life devoting herself to being as Jesus was.After she had gone to Ireland to train in a community with nuns, she went to India, and taught at schools. Because India has so much poverty, she felt sympathetic so she started to work for the poor. She started a school for children who couldn’t get education because they were poor.
Mother Teresa founded the congregation, Missionaries of Charity established in 1950.There are over 4,500 sisters in it, and is in 133 countries. To become a member, one must take the vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and to give “Wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor.” This congregation was created to help those who have no one to be cared by. The Missionaries of Charity care for refugees, ex-prostitutes, the mentally ill, sick children, abandoned children, lepers, people with AIDS, the elderly, and the physically ill. Most of these people are not accepted by the community, and are poor so they need financial and emotional help. The missionaries of Charity built homes and schools for these people, without any charge.
Mother Teresa died in 1997, of September when she was 87. Her whole life was devoted to helping others and carrying out the actions of Jesus’ words.
Her famous quote:
"By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus."
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