Mother Teresa, Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in real name, was born in an Albanian family in Skopje in the Ottoman Empire, which is now the capital of Macedonia, on 26 August 1910. But during her life she held 27 August – the date she was baptized – as her actual birth date. Her true life calling Mother Teresa acknowledged at a surprisingly early age, she was only 12 years of age when she announced to the family that she wants to dedicate her life to religion by becoming a Catholic nun. Upon reaching the maturity age, she left her mother and sister and fled to Dublin to join a women’s monastery and become a Loreto convent sister. With the time, she changed her name to honor the Blessed Teresa.
Already at a young age Mother Teresa was interested in India, especially the living conditions of people. In 1929 the nun went to Darjelingu, city in the west of India near the Himalayan mountains. After a short period she moved on and settled in Calcutta, where she represented her monastery as a geography teacher and later on as a school director.
With time Mother Teresa became increasingly active in the improvement of living condition of the poor, unwanted, unloved and abandoned ones. At that time there were several rumors circulating the society that said Mother Teresa has been encouraged to follow this path by the Jesus Christ himself.
In 1948 Pope Pius XII allowed Teresa to live as an independent nun; two years later the Vatican officially announced the establishment of Mercy Order to honor the altruistic work done by Mother Teresa and her followers. In 1965 Teresa’s charitable mission began their activities outside India, helping impoverished people, abandoned children, the sick and the elderly around the globe.
She died on 5 September, 1997 due to medical issues, having experienced two heart attacks. In 13 March 1997 Teresa had managed to hand over the self-established charity manager duties. These charities are active as of today!
During her life she received several awards: the Padma Shri, the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, the La Storta Medal for Human Service and the Nobel Peace Prize to name a few. Many of the books written by Mother Teresa on religious and spiritual topics, as well as countless life lessons are extremely popular even today. Have a fuller life with higher expectations!
- Loneliness and the feeling of abandonment – even worse than the most extreme poverty
- Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let’s start now!
- Lord, when I am hungry, give me someone in need of bread, when I am cold, send me someone who should be warmed up; when I am frustrated, give me someone who seeks comfort; when I don’t have time, give me someone that needs a help; when I am discouraged, send me someone who seeks for encouragement, when I need an understanding of others, send me someone who needs my understanding
- We can’t do great things in this life. But we are capable to accomplish small jobs with great love
- Peace begins with a smile
- Don’t think love needs to be unusual for it to be true. The most important is the ability to love without tiredness
- Spread love everywhere you go! Don’t let anyone leave less happy than he has come!
- If you judge people, you have no time to love them
- Love begins at home. If we don’t love those who we see twenty four hours a day, how can we love those whom we see just once?
- Live simply so others may simply live
- I can do what you can’t. You can do something that is beyond the reach of me. Together we can accomplish great things
- Every time you smile at someone, it’s an act of love. A gift to that person, a beautiful gesture
- If you can’t feed hundred people then feed one
- Today we have no time to even look at one another, we don’t have time to talk, to enjoy the company of each other … Because of it we meet each other less and less. Lack of kindness and love drives the world in misery. People suffer in the thirst of love, but lack time for love because they are in such a hurry