Mother Teresa of Calcutta was a Roman Catholic nun and founder of the Missionaries of Charity.
In 1979 she was awarded the most prestigious prize in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize, for her humanitarian work. Her labor
made her so worthy that, in reality, she gave honor to the prize, rather than the other way around!
Brief introduction about mother theresa:
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in 1910 to Albanian parents in Skopje.She trained in Dublin and in Darjeeling,
India, before taking her religious vows in 1937.
In September 1946, while riding in a train from Calcutta to Darjeeling to engage in 8 days of spiritual exercises,
she received a divine calling from God "to serve Him amongst the poorest of the poor".
In 1948 she was granted to begin a ministry among the sick.Members of the congregation take four vows on
acceptance by the religious community. In addition to the three basic vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience,
a fourth vow is required pledging service to the poor, whom Mother Teresa described as the embodiment of Christ.
In 1952 Mother Teresa opened the Nirmal Hriday (Pure Heart) Home for Dying Destitutes in Calcutta.
She and her fellow nuns took in dying Indians off the streets of Calcutta and brought them to this home
to care for them during the days before they died, so that they might be able to die in peace and with dignity.
Her spirit of giving inspired many to follow her, and her work eventually expanded to many other parts of the world.
Today over 5000 sisters, brothers, and volunteers run approximately 500 centers worldwide,
feeding 500,000 families and helping 90,000 lepers every year.
some of the beautiful quotes of mother theresa:
"There is no greater sickness in the world today than the lack of love."
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
"The other day I dreamed that I was at the gates of heaven. And St. Peter said, 'Go back to
Earth, there are no slums up here.' "
"There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen
as equal before God. I've always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim
become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic.
"People who love each other fully and truly are the happiest people in the world. They may
have little, they may have nothing, but they are happy people. Everything depends on how we
love one another."
"I don't know what God is doing. He knows. We do not understand, but of one thing I'm sure, He doesn't make a mistake."
"People are hungry for God. Do you see that? Quite often we look but do not see. We are all
passing through this world. We need to open our eyes and see."
"You who have received so much love, share it with others. Love others the way that God has loved you, with tenderness."
In recognition of her efforts, Mother Teresa was bestowed many awards, including the Padma Shri award for distinguished
service in 1962, The Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in
1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. Mother Teresa accepted all awards on behalf of the poor, using any money that
accompanied them to fund her centers.
On September 5, 1997, at the age of 87, the best loved woman of the century passed away. Her funeral service was on September
13, 1997, the 51st anniversary of her receiving her divine mission from God.