Mother Teresa Essay

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Mother Teresa laid her life down for love, making a dent in the society around her by serving the poorest of the poor, leaving a mark in history for her radical abandonment, and raising the standard to all beleivers by challenging the church to a higher calling of loving “Jesus in disguise. “Malcom Muggeridge attempts to capture her life and ministry in his book “Something Beautiful for God.” However, her ministry cannot be described merely through logistics or numbers, because it had greater purpose than to serve. Mother Teresa and her fellow nuns loved God and loved others. Through Mother Teresa is much wisdom to learn, she was a leader whether she intended to be or not, and through her ...view middle of the document...

This book attempts to capture the love and passion Mother Theresa and her ministry displayed, however, a book is limited by the use of words, and words cannot express the measure of the love of God.

Mother Theresa developed a lifestyle of a servant, and was willing to forfeit everything for the sake of love. She was born August 27, 1910 in Skopje. At the age of 18 she left her home to chase after Christ who was calling her to a missionary’s life. Teresa was sent to Loretto Abbey, in Dublin, Ireland where she trained for a year. She then taught high school girls in Calcutta for some time. Twenty years later, she felt a call from God to serve the poorest of the poor. Developing a community in the slums of Calcutta, she served with the love of Christ by fully denying her flesh. Her ministry began independently, eventually God brought her some like-minded “sisters,” many of whom were her past students. Her work included: meeting people’s needs for food, clothing, and medical attention, she cared for orphans, lepers, the dying, and the “unlovable.” In 1952 she opened the first home for the dying. She opened a children’s home, a haven for orphans and homeless youth. She opened a home for lepers, also several leprosy outreach clinics. Mother Teresa founded Missionaries of Charity, in 1969, in Calcutta, a catholic order of nuns passionate about serving the poorest of the poor. Mother Teresa built a church involved in the way Christ intended his church to be, his hands and feet, while humbling herself to serve and love every soul she encountered.

Mother Teresa left a legacy beyond herself. She took the Bible literally and the kingdom of God was expanded. By the understanding of her flesh’s weakness and denying her flesh from being what controlled her, she laid her life down so Christ could live. We see God’s hand when we are willing to quit letting our flesh get in the way. Mother Teresa continuously answered Mudderidge’s questions by explaining it wasn’t her, it was Christ in her. 1 Corinthians 13:3 says“If I gave...

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