´Born in Skopje, the current capital of the Republic of Macedonia on 26 August, 1910.
´Her name is Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (Agnes) means “rosebud” or “little flower”.
´founded the Missionaries of Charity consisting of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries
´run hospices and homes for people with HIV/Aids, leprosy and tuberculosis
´1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner
A Strong and independent woman’s desire to do good
Our Mother Teresa
How Sister Teresa became Mother Teresa
On 10 September 1946, Teresa experienced what she later described as “the call within the call” while traveling by train to the Loreto convent in Darjeeling from Calcutta for her annual retreat.
“I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order. To fail would have been to break the faith.” Though no one knew it at the time, Sister Teresa had just become Mother Teresa.
She decided to leave Loreto Congregation and went to live with poor.
Mother Teresa went into slums to look for house. When she wandered into the slums, she felt the pain of the home less people. She would think, “How painful it would be for people without homes and without food to eat?”
Hence Mother Teresa started home for poor, homeless and dying people. She called the home “Nirmal Hriday”
How Nirmal Hriday (a home for dying) arise:
Mother Teresa started the Missionaries of Charity on 7 October 1950.
Its mission was to care for, in her own words, “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.”
It began as a small congregation with 13 members in Calcutta.
In 1952, Mother Teresa opened the first Home for Dying by converting an abandoned Hindu temple into the Kalighat Home for the Dying, a free hospice for the poor.
She renamed it Kalighat, the Home of the Pure Heart (Nirmal Hriday).
Those brought to the home received medical attention and were afforded the opportunity to die with dignity, according to the rituals of their faith; Muslims were read the Quran, Hindus received water from the Ganges, and Catholics received the Last Rites.
Quotes of Mother Teresa
´the darkness is so dark, and the pain is so painful. – But I accept whatever He gives and I give whatever He takes.
´The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
´Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and emptiness is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear. The tongue moves but does not speak.
´Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
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