Few people are thought of more than Agnes Gonxha Bajaxhiu, more commonly known as Mother Teresa, for their sacrifice and servanthood. She has become an icon of global impact, selflessness, and love .Her life and work brought international acclaim. The legacy left by Mother Teresa, after her death in September of 1997, has continued to impact those she felt called to serve. In her article Mother Teresa: Saint of the Gutters, Jennifer Parello gives an account of the life and work accomplished by this renowned nun.
Mother Teresa was born August 26, 1910 in a area that is currently known as Macedonia. At the young age of twelve, Mother Teresa was compelled to follow Jesus as her life long journey. Six years later she joined the Sisters of Loreto, a religious order located in Ireland. This is when Agnes became Sister Teresa. Her stay was short, and after two months she relocated to India. For the next 17 years, she worked as a teacher and principal at Calcutta High School. At 36, under permission of Pope Pius XII, Sister Teresa moved to the slums of Calcutta feeling she was called by god to “give up everything and follow Jesus to the slums.” It was here that she gained the title of Mother Teresa after establishing her own religious order, the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because “poverty and distress also constitute a threat to peace.” (Parello Par.13) In March of 1997, she stepped down from her position after suffering from heart disease for the last 7 years. Mother Teresa died on September 5th, 1997. Although she is gone, her work lives on.
Mother Teresa was a selfless woman, and her work impacted many lives. She felt a particular calling for those unable to help themselves; the marginalized of society, the distressed, and the dying. One of the first projects she was recognized for was establishing a school for poverty stricken children in Calcutta. Because of her work, hungry children...
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