Amazing Life of Mother Teresa

Category : Politics/Government
Posted By : AmnaAnees
Posted Date : 14 Jun 2019 17:13 hrs

/Mother-TeresaNaive, and delicate Mother Teresa had remained an immensely powerful, strong, and influential figure all her life. She had moved millions of hearts and changed the course of millions of lives in such a short life span. The Albanian born Roman Catholic nun devoted all her life to preaching the message of selflessness, kindness, and peace. She was the ray of light, hope, and life for millions of poor people, and young kids who were unaware of any good in life. The amazing life of Mother Teresa is loaded with a number of great teachings that we really need in this world today. She started charitable work after serving as a teacher for a time at the convent.

Mother Teresa said while receiving an award, "The message was clear. I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them,"

In the modern age, where technology has surpassed all human expectations and taken over the Warcraft, information resources and everything related, we really need to calm things down by using social and electronic media to spread the teachings of kindness and love by Mother Teresa. She was a motherly figure for every human being and still is dear to everyone. Using her life lessons can really positively affect the lives of people.

I do hope that this read will help you straighten up anything depressing you in your life. Or if you are confused about which path to choose in your life. Else, just simply life is becoming really difficult to handle and you are unable to figure out the situation. I really wish that a bit from the amazing life of Mother Teresa can become a ray of light, hope, and clarity for the betterment of your life.

Let's just get started!

•    Where and When Was Mother Teresa Born?

Mother Teresa was born in present-day Macedonia, Ottoman Empire on 26th August 1910 to a Christian family. As per the Catholic traditions, she was baptized the next day on 27th August.  

•    What is the Real Name of Mother Teresa?

The birth name of Mother Teresa was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She was Albanian.

•    Who Was Included in Mother Teresa's Family?

Father of Mother Teresa was an Albanian grocer, Nicola Bojaxhiu. And the name of the mother was Drane. Mother Teresa was their 3rd born child. She had an elder daughter named Aga and a brother named Lazer. Their father died when Mother Teresa was just 8 years old.

•    Why Was She Known As Mother Teresa?

Mother Teresa chose this name herself. After she took her religious vows in 1931, she wanted to be named after her inspirational figure, the patron saint of missionaries, Thèrèse de Lisieux. But another nun at the convent had already picked up that name for herself. So, Agnes decided to opt for the Spanish spellings of the name, which are Teresa.

•    What Motivated Mother Teresa To Start Working as a Humanitarian?

The amazing life of Mother Teresa as we know it today, as the greatest humanitarian of the 20th century started with a thought of helping poor living outside her convent in Calcutta India. After she became a nun in 1931, she started teaching at the convent and did that job for about 20 years and also became the headmistress of the school. But she was never at peace seeing the poverty outside the convent. And that was the moment when she went out and started doing charitable work. She said,

"By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus."
The amazing life of Mother Teresa is filled with such inspirational stories.

•    Why Mother Teresa Went to India?

When Mother Teresa was 18 years old in the year 1928, she went to the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ireland to join the group of sisters Loreto, which was a community of nuns working in cooperation with the missions in India. After staying there for 6 weeks, Mother Teresa went to India to provide her services as a teacher to a school situated in Calcutta.

Which Awards were Honoured by Mother Teresa?

Yes, you read it right! It certainly is the honor and pleasure of award to be presented to such a fine lady who has taught all the world the lessons of peace, harmony, faith, and love. She was not hungry for any recognition, rather she used each and every platform for the betterment of poor, needy and those who cannot make their voices heard. In honor of her remarkable achievements and spread of such amazing messages all around the world, Mother  Teresa was honored with over 700 prizes and awards, helping in her charity work. Deservingly enough, Mother Teresa was the most awarded person of the 20th century. Following are some of the most important awards and prizes were given to Mother Teresa!

•    The first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize- 1971

Mother Teresa was presented with the John XXIII Peace Prize by Pope Paul VI. Pope Paul had invited her to Rome in order to establish a mission for the prosperity of the poor in the region. Pope Paul called Mother Teresa "Symbol of Brotherhood" among men. Rightly so, she has been the most influential figure for empathy, and kindness at that time, and centuries to come. The prize money of $25,000 was used to establish a home for the lepers.

•    Kennedy Prize- 1971

Mother Teresa received Kennedy Prize in 1971, and the prize money of $15,000 given by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation was given to the medical establishment for handicapped people in Dum Dum, India.

•    The Nehru Prize –“for the promotion of international peace and understanding"- 1972

Mother Teresa was presented with Jawaharlal Nehru award in 1972 for her duties in the promotion of peace on an international level and preaching its understandings.

•    The Nobel Peace Prize- 1979

The global peace stature of 5-foot tall Mother Teresa is incomparable with the tallest of men all around the world. Acknowledging her countless contributions in helping the poor, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1979 at Oslo, Norway. Her acceptance speech at the ceremony is still appreciated by millions of people all around the globe.

•    United States Presidential Medal of Freedom- 1985

After accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa became a well known public figure. Simultaneously, several awards, honors, and prizes started rolling in for her. She was awarded the highest American civilian award, the U.S Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985.

•    Soviet Peace Committee Gold Medal- 1987

Mother Teresa paid a visit to the former Soviet after the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in the year 1986. For her kind gesture, Mother Teresa received the Soviet Peace Committee Gold Medal in 1987.

•    U Thant Peace Award- 1994

The U Thant award was established in honor of the 3rd secretary General of United Nations who was deeply devoted to bringing peace, harmony, and equality in the world all his life. It was founded by Sri Chinmoy. Noble Peace Laureate Mother Teresa was honored with this prize on 1st October 1994.

•    When Did She Die?

Mother Teresa died due to heart failure on the 5th of September 1997, at the age of 87 years. She died in Calcutta, India from where her journey had started in the first place. Mother Teresa met her Princess Diana in the final years of her life. Coincidently, both Mother Teresa and Princess Diana died in the same week. That was the most heartbreaking time. Mother Teresa was beatified (religious ritual for nuns in Christianity) in 2003 by Pope John Paul II.

•    Top 20 Most Influential, Inspiring, and Motivating Quotes of Mother Teresa

Life history of Mother Teresa is filled with numerous inspirational and life-changing lessons. Here are a few of the most motivational quotes from the amazing life of Mother Teresa.

1.    "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."

2.    "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."

3.    "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

4.    "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."

5.    “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”

6.    "Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service."

7.    "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

8.    “Please choose the way of peace. In the short term, there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread. But that never can, or never will justify the suffering, pain, and loss of life your weapons will cause.”

9.    "I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?"

10.    "If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are."

11.    "We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion."

12.    “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”

13.    “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”

14.    “Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.”

15.    “I try to give to the poor people to love what the rich could get for the money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.”

16.    “It is easy to love people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.” 

17.    “Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.”

18.    “The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving. Of course, it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does NOT determine the value of what we have done.” 

19.    “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” 

20.    “I have never been in a war before, but I have seen famine and death. I was asking (myself) what do they feel when they do this? I don’t understand it. They are all children of God. Why do they do it? I don’t understand.”

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