Mother Teresa: A Biography
Mother Teresa was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. Agnes’s mother raised her as a Roman Catholic. At the age of twelve, Agnes had a strong calling towards God. She knew that she wanted to spread the love of Christ and become a missionary. When she was eighteen, she left the home of her parents and joined the "Sisters of Loreto", an Irish community of nuns, who had missions in India. Agnes was trained in Dublin until May, 24, 1931, when she took her initial vows and became a nun. At that time, Agnes wanted her name changed to "Thérèse de Lisieux", the Patron Saint of Missionaries. Unfortunately, another nun had chosen that name, so she changed her name to Teresa, the Spanish spelling of the name. Teresa taught at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta, India, from 1931 to 1948. During that time, Teresa witnessed suffering and poverty around her. This made such an impression on her, that in 1948 she received permission to leave the convent school. Teresa then devoted herself to work in the slums of Calcutta, helping the poorest of the poor. Teresa had no funds, but still worked hard to provide help for the people who lived in the slums. She also started a school for the children in the slums. She was soon joined by volunteers who made it possible for her to continue her work for the poor. Overtime, Sister Teresa had become Mother Teresa, because of her caring nature, and her compassion for the poor. Mother Teresa’s first year in the slums was filled with difficulties. She had no means of income and eventually had to beg for food and supplies. This showed how much she cared for helping those who needed the most help. Mother Teresa experienced difficulties, doubt, loneliness, and temptation to return to the convent life, where there was comfort. But even through this, she didn’t return. She was determined and inspired by the poor. She saw how much they suffered, but how they could not leave and stop...
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