Raissa Kyla L. Tan
Mother Teresa, whose secular name is Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, is the daughter of an
Albanian grocer, born in Skopje on August 27, 1910. At the age of 12, she decided to become a
nun. At age 18, she joined the Order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Loreto in Ireland. After
training in Dublin for a few months, she went to Dārjiling, India. When she took her first
religious vows there in 1931, she chose the name Teresa for Saint Theresa of Lisieux, the
patron saint of foreign missionaries. After 20 years in Calcutta as a teacher in a school for the
daughters of prosperous families, she requested permission to live outside the convent in order
to work among the poor of the city. The Missionaries of Charity which she founded, a religious
order to help the sick and destitute. It received canonical sanction in 1950 and now has 158
branches, 1,800 nuns, and 120,000 co-workers and also now operates schools, hospitals, youth
centers, and orphanages in 50 Indian cities and more than 25 other countries. In 1952 she
opened the Nirmal Hriday (Pure Heart) Home for Dying Destitutes in Calcutta. She also
opened orphanages, hospitals for lepers, and other homes.
On September 5, less than a week after Princess Diana's death, the world lost another
well-loved woman, Mother Teresa of Calcutta. After years of gradually failing health, the 'Saint
of the Gutters' finally succumbed to cardiac arrest at the age of 87.She was known throughout
the world as a symbol of compassion for the poor and sick. Thousands came to pay last tributes
to Mother Teresa. A Roman Catholic nun who has dedicated her life to help the poor and the
sick was also named winner of the Nobel peace prize in 1979. She was the sixth woman to
receive the peace prize.
Some of the inspiring quotes of Mother Teresa:"We think sometimes that poverty is only
being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is
the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty." "Let us
not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need
your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go." And "There must be a
reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry
when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use." Because of this
quotes there are thousands of people who are inspired to help especially the needy people.
Mother Teresa’s acts are indeed a remarkable one.