Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910-September 5, 1997)
“Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is wealth, keep it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it!” –Anges Gonxha Bojaxhiu There are many people in this world that we consider great humanitarians. Mother Teresa was a unique individual that stood out of the crowd because of her involvement in helping the sick, poor and dying. She spent every day of her adulthood caring for people that were in need by setting up the Missionary of Charity along with many homes for the people she cared for. Mother Teresa won many awards throughout her lifetime for her dedication to care for people in need. It is no wonder that Mother Teresa won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and is considered a saint.
Anges Gonxha Bojaxhiu was brought into this world on August 26, 1910 but considers her real birth date August 27, 1910, the day of her baptism. Anges was born into a Roman Catholic family although many Albanians at the time were Muslims. When she was 18 years old, she left her family for one year and moved to Ireland to become a nun. She returned to India and that is where she said her final vows of becoming a nun and adopted the name Sister Teresa.
On October 7, 1950, Sister Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order, “The Missionaries of Charity”, whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after. In 1965 the Society became an International Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI. This is where she became Mother Teresa. She began a school and established a home for the dying and convinced the city government to donate to her cause. Donations poured in from around India and across the globe, Mother Teresa’s charitable activities expanded exponentially. Mother Teresa established a leper colony, an orphanage, a nursing home, a family clinic and string of...
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