A Tribute To Modern Saint - Mother Teresa
God is the friend of silence. Trees, flowers, grass grows in silence. See the stars, moon and sun, how they move in silence.
- Mother Teresa
People around the world called her Angel of Mercy, in India she was simply the Mother.
Mother of not only the poor and sufferings and the unwanted, lonely and rejected ones but every Indian. Her mission was to serve and free the downtrodden from hunger, pain and suffering. She was in the eyes of the people a simple and truly humane person. Any one who held her hands said it was a unique spiritual experience.
A Humble Life
Born on. Aug. 27, 1910, was Albanian, originally named Agnes Gonxha Bejaxhiu, she entered the order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Loreto at the age of 18.
Lead me from
death to life,
In 1928 she joined a religious order and took the name Teresa. The order immediately sent her to India.
She taught in the order's school in Calcutta until 1946, when she experienced what she described as a "call within a call" to aid the desperately poor of India in a way that required she leave her convent. She received permission from Rome to do this and began her work by bringing dying persons from the streets into a home where they could die in peace and dignity.
She became an Indian citizen that same year. In 1950, she founded a religious order in Calcutta called the Missionaries of Charity. The order provides food for the needy and operates hospitals, schools, orphanages, youth centers, and shelters for lepers and the dying poor.
Almost 50 years later, the Missionaries of Charity have grown from 12 sisters in India to over 3,000 in 517 missions throughout 100 countries worldwide
In addition to the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa has received other awards for her work with the needy. These awards include the 1971 Pope John XXIII Peace Prize and India's Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1972.
Mother Teresa died a very peaceful death on September 5, 1997 leaving behind her a legacy. A legacy of selfless service to people in need. She was 87.
Mother Teresa was a living saint and she will be greatly missed around the world.
May she rest in peace.
Mother of Dying Destitutes of Calcutta:
In 1952, she opened
the 'Nirmal Hriday', Home for Dying Destitutes, in a dormitory,
formerly a Kali temple hostel, which was donated by the city
of Calcutta. The Missionaries of Charity began to treat lepers
there in 1957. Two years later, they opened the first house
outside Calcutta, in Drachi. Soon afterward, they expanded
to Delhi and other cities.
Though her Calcutta clinic was the center of Mother Teresas growing charity and the place she called home, her work expanded the globe, with more than 500 missions in 120 countries. Wherever people needed comfort, she was there: among the hungry in Ethiopia, the radiation victims at Chernobyl, the rubble of Armenias earthquake, in the squalid townships of South Africa.Her order opened one of the first homes for AIDS victims.