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Mother Teresa

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta

By:Ashley Rivas
May 22nd , 2013
Mother Teresa, was a woman who never lost faith in herself and in her people. She always found a way to help the poor and provide for them. She cared for the world and the effects of the people who didn’t have a well enough income to pay for their illness. She cured thousands of people gave many preaching’s and gave food to the hungry. From this day on, Mother Teresa, has feed the hungry, gave a roof to sleep and built clinics for the less fortunate.

Mother Teresa’s name at birth is Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Agnes’s family, was a family of five children and both parents. Agnes and her family were very religious and would go to church about three times a week, since Agnes was 5 years until she was 17 years or age. Agnes’s dad was a guitarist in the church choir, and to make him proud, she began to sing. Her family was very wealthy and always gave to the poor on special holidays. Agne’s by this time, she began to support the poor and help the needy.

The Loreto Sisters of Dublin were missionaries and educators founded in the 17th century to educate young girls. In 1928, the future Mother Teresa began her religious life in Ireland, far from her family and the life she'd known, speaking a language few understood. One year later, Gonxha was sent to Darjeeling to the novitiate of the Sisters of Loreto. In 1931, she made her first vows, choosing the name of Teresa, honoring both saints of the same name, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux. It was time for the new Sister Teresa to begin her years of service to God's people. She was sent to St. Mary's, a high school for girls in a district of Calcutta.

Mother Teresa, helped the sick, dying, and the orphaned. There were millions of people in need in India. India's independence, and partition all contributed to the masses of people that lived on the streets. (Mother Teresa, 1997) While the hospitals were overflowing with patients that had a chance to survive, Mothe Teresa opened a home for the dying, called Nirmal Hriday, on August 22, 1952. Each day, nuns would walk through the streets and bring people who were dying to Nirmal Hriday. The nuns would bathe and feed these people and then place them in a cot.(mother Teresa, 1997) These people were given the opportunity to die with dignity, with the rituals of their faith. In 1955, the Missionaries of Charity opened their first children's home, Shishu Bhavan , which cared for orphans. These children were housed and fed and given medical aid. When possible, the children were adopted out. Those not adopted were given an education, learned a trade skill, and found marriages. In India, huge numbers of people were infected with leprosy, a disease that can lead to major disfiguration. At the time, lepers were ostracized, often abandoned by their families. Mother Teresa struggled to find a way to help these neglected people. Mother Teresa eventually created a Leprosy Fund and a Leprosy Day to help educate the public about the disease and established a number of mobile leper clinics, to provide lepers with medicine and bandages near their homes. By the mid-1960s, Mother Teresa had established a leper colony called Shanti Nagar "The Place of Peace" where lepers could live and work. (Mother Teresa, 1997)

For their 15th anniversary, the Missionaries of Charity was given permission to establish houses outside of India. The first house was established in Venezuela in 1965. Soon there were Missionaries of Charity houses all around the world. As Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity expanded at an amazing rate, so did international recognition for her work.

Despite the controversy, Mother Teresa continued to be an advocate for those in need. (Mother Teresa's Crisis Of Faith, David Biema) Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, Mother Teresa's health deteriorated, but she still traveled the world, spreading her message. When Mother Teresa, age 87, died of heart failure on September 5, 1997, the world mourned her passing. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets to see her body, while millions more watched her state funeral on television. After the funeral, Mother Teresa's body was laid to rest at the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. When Mother Teresa passed away, she left behind over 4,000 Missionary of Charity Sisters, in 610 centers in 123 countries. After Mother Teresa's death, the Vatican began the lengthy process of canonization. On October 19, 2003, the third of the four steps to sainthood was completed when the Pope approved Mother Teresa's beatification, awarding Mother Teresa the title "Blessed." (Mother Teresa's Crisis Of Faith, David Biema)

Before, Mother Teresa passed away, she left many foundations around the world. Her foundations left education for the poor children. Education was free to the children who are not able to afford to go to school. (In My Own Words, Mother Teresa, Jose Luis Gonzalez) The volunteers, teach these children how to read and write and help them in improving their life standards. Educating the poor children would help them in applying their educational knowledge to create something new that would support them. (In My Own Words, Mother Teresa, Jose Luis Gonzalez)

In conclusion, Mother Teresa fought for her people and suffered with them through poorness, and hunger. She met the circumstances of the people and gave them all the love that others couldn’t give them. She cared and nourished them with all the love that others couldn’t give them. She cared and nourished them with all she can give them. She left a great legacy for others to follow. Now it is our turn, to make a change in our lives and a change in world hunger, within our brothers and sisters, to our communities. From this day on, Mother Teresa, has feed the hungry, gave a roof to sleep and built clinics for the less fortunate. She is a legend and will be forever in our lives.

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• Gonzalez Balado, Jose Luis. Mother Teresa In My Own Words. N.p.: Ligouri Publications, 1997. Print. • Teresa, Mother. Where There Is Love, There Is God: A Path to Closer Union with God and Greater Love for Others. 1st ed. Vol. 1. N.p.: Doubleday Edition, 2010. Print • Teresa, Mother. One Heart Full of Love: Mother Teresa. 1st ed. Vol. 1. New York: St. Anthony's Messenger Place, 1998. Print. Newspaper:

• Biema, David V. "Mother Teresa's Crisis Of Faith." TIME Magazine 23 Aug. 2007: 15-16. Print.

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