Mother Teresa was a woman of power, leadership, and compassion. Her great deeds in serving the poor has won her many awards, such as the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in the year of 1979 (World Book). Mother Teresa changed the lives of many, which includes the rich, poor, parentless, living, and dying. Mother Teresa had a vision to serve the poor, a strong work ethic as a teacher, collaboration skills for working with the Missionaries of Charity, and a strong commitment to gospel values.
Mother Teresa's early years spent with her family and community prepared her for the hard work she was going to face in the future. Her name at birth was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She was born in August 1910 in Serbia. She was born to Catholic Albanian parents and was the youngest of three (Spink). Agnes received her education from a convent-run primary school (Spink). She learned her morals and values at both school and at home. Her family had been Catholic for generations and prayer was a must (Spink). Catholicism was a tradition in the family and carried out well. Her family was active in the church and had a lot to contribute, for example, musical talent. Agnes played the mandolin and sang in the choir (Spink). Drana Bojaxhiu, Agnes's mother, was a critical part of Agnes's journey. Drana let those who were less fortunate into her home and welcomed them by offering food and homemade clothing. Sometimes, Agnes helped her out with errands (Spink). "She assumed her new role as provider with all the strength of which has undoubtedly possessed. Thus it was very largely under the influence of her devout mother, and her insistence on the value of the non-material riches of kindness, generosity and compassion for the poor and weak, that the foundations for Agnes's future apostolate were laid" (Spink). With her mother's influence, Agnes grew up following in her mother's footsteps. By helping others she experienced what it was like to serve, and with such such fruitful education and a...
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