Christianity defines a saint as “those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Lord and ours (Corinthians 1:2)."Mother Teresa was a patron who served the Catholic Church by taking care of the poor and needy. Although she has not been fully confirmed as a saint, many acknowledge her as one, and one of the greatest.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born on August 26, 1910 in, Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet (now known as Skopje, Republic of Macedonia), under the name Agness Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She lived her childhood impoverished, especially after the death of her father when she was only eight years old. Her mother was left to raise Teresa and her sisters in a life of poverty. According to Teresa, her mother’s care and love towards her children greatly influenced her character as a generous, compassionate patron of God.
She left home at the age of eighteen to achieve life as a missionary. She joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland, thus receiving the name Sister Mary Teresa, after St. Therese of Lisieux. Teresa first served the institute as a teacher at St. Mary’s School in the Loreto community, Calcutta (India), eventually becoming the school’s principal. Bojaxhiu happily served the school for about twenty years.
Beginning December 1948, she left Loreto and resided with the Little Sisters of the Poor. There, she provided care to the families in the slums, cleaning them, feeding the children, and tendering wounds. Mother Teresa basically spent her entire life looking after “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.” (“Mother Teresa of Calcutta”)
In 1950, Teresa founded a new congregation, the Missionaries of Charity. It started with only twelve members, those including former teachers and nuns from St. Mary’s School. Her new congregation won her a canonical recognition by the Catholic Church for it’s great successes helping the poor. Around the late 90s, the Charity grew to over 4,000, along with thousands of volunteers, and 610 foundations in 123 countries on all continents (“Mother Teresa”)
Beginning in the 1960s, she began building another missionary in Venezuela, after encouragement from the Pope Paul VI. Not long after, she established several foundations first in Rome, and eventually on every continent. Around 1980 to the 90s, Teresa opened many houses in communist nations, including the Soviet Union, Albania, and Cuba (“Mother Teresa of Calcutta”).
Mother Teresa’s generosity and work helping the poor was never left unnoticed. She was given numerous awards; Her first being the Indian Padmashri Award in 1962. Her momentous award was to her in 1979 –the Nobel Peace Prize. In her words, she accepted them on behalf of “the glory of God and in the name of the poor.” Pope Paul VI especially praised Mother Teresa throughout her life (Trussell).
She spent her whole life working under the Lord’s name. She based all her actions on the good grace of God. Every morning, she...