Mother Teresa, (26-8-1910 – 5-9-1997), was a Roman Catholic nun and missionary. Her birth name was Agnes Gonxha Bojjaxhiu. She was born in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia . She only lived in Macedonia for eighteen years, and then moved to Ireland and hardly spending six weeks she left for India, where she lived until her death. She has founded the Missionaries of Charity, currently consisting of over 4,500 sisters and active in 133 countries. She received 124 honors including the Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize in 1962 and Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. On 6 September 2016, she was recognized by the catholic church as saint. She became internationally known for her charitable work for the victims of disease, poverty, exploitation, neglect, illness and adversity.
When she was only nine years old her father died and her mother had to look after the family single handedly. Her mother was a simple housewife however, her father was a merchant. The financial condition of her family went down after her father’s death because of the involvement in politics. Her mother had to support her three children and herself. She was a religious lady and always found time for prayers and visiting the church, which had a lasting impact on Teresa. Teresa joined Loreto sisters from Dublin where she got the name of Mother Teresa after the name of St. Teresa of Lisieuse. She grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and decided to devote her life to God. She went to Kolkata when she was just eighteen years old and continued her life’s mission of caring poor people. She enjoyed fifteen years of her life in teaching the geography and History and after that started teaching in the Saint Mary’s School for girls. She worked hard to teach the poorest people in that area.
Mother Teresa was an incredible woman. She was the person who shown this world a real religion of humanity. She continued the work until her death in 1997. She was a women commended for her unselfishness, courage, charity, her hard work and a natural talent for organisation. Her hard work has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world. She belongs to the whole world, not to Roman Catholics only. However, at that time some sources have stated that number of people in society were hostile and critical of her work, while some sources state that others were inspired by her work and wished to join Mother Teresa in her quest for love and peace.
Mother Teresa had many influences in her life that motivated her actions, one of them was God. She had been quoted as saying “By faith, I am a Catholic. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the heart of Jesus.” Her missionary work had helped countless people in different countries and still continue to do so. Her acts of kindness is an inspiration for every individual living in this world.