Mother Teresa – Essay 1.
Mother Teresa was born in Yugoslavia on 27th August, 1910. Her childhood name was Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. She took her primary education at a Government School of Yugoslavia.
Mother Teresa had a beautiful heart. She decided to work to eliminate the sufferings of the humanity and the misery of the helpless. She stayed in India in major portion of her life. When she was 18 years old, spiritual life of the missionaries attracted her. In 1928 she came to Calcutta (now Kolkata) with a message of love. At first she began her work as a teacher at Calcutta.
When she was working as a teacher she saw the distress of the slum dwellers which touched her heart deeply. She resigned from the service with the permission of the Church and stood amongst the half-fed and half-clothed children.
She converted herself to an Indian. She started to put on Indian dresses and tried to take Indian food. In a short time she became familiar to all as a social worker. She established a school for the poor children. Afterwards, she founded the Missionaries of Charity. Then she founded Nirmal Hriday. Not only in India but also in abroad there are branches of Nirmal Hriday.
There are many other branches of ‘Missionaries of Charity’ which is now working as the service centre to the poor and distressed people.
In 1979, she was awarded the Noble Prize for peace. Government of India conferred ‘Padmashri’ upon her for her selfless service.
Mother Teresa is the mother of the world. She loved everyone and was loved by everyone. She had devoted her entire life in the service of poor, diseased, and under-privileged people. Many people from around the world had come to meet her, and to seek her blessings.
She passed on 5th of September, 1997 and the whole world paid their tribute to this noble lady of the present century.
By Omna Roy
Mother Teresa – Short Essay 2
Mother Teresa was a person with a great heart of helping the needy. She possessed great attributes that set her apart from many. Her unique character in advocating for the plight of the less privileged in the society made her stood out from the rest of the people thus winning her worldwide acclaim and recognition.
The saint moved to India at a young age to pursue her calling of serving the poor populace of Calcutta.
Mother Teresa is possibly one of the most famous missionaries that have brought dignity to innumerable human lives with their dedication to humanitarian work. Mother Teresa herself has been elevated to the level of a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church as the Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
At a tender age of 12, Teresa was influenced by the stories she had heard of the work of the missionaries in Bengal and joined the sisters of Loreto and came to India.
Missionaries of Charity
While serving at a school, she came across so much of poverty and sickness that she decided to give up teaching and serve the people actively.
In 1948 she started her work of charity, and in 1950 the Vatican gave her permission to rename the local diocese, Missionaries of Charity. These would serve the hungry, the homeless, lepers, sick and dying people.
In 1952 Mother Teresa started a hospice in Calcutta. Very soon with many people were attracted to her work and the donations started flowing in, locally and internationally. She was able to open more hospices, leper houses, and orphanages.
By the time she died of severely declining health, she had around 400 sisters, 300 other members working on over 600 missions in 123 countries.
Contributions of Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa made many contributions in changing the lives of the poor people in India. She was also the founder of the Missionaries of Charity which was a religious congregation committed to providing aid to those in need. Apart from establishing charity missionaries, Mother Teresa also set different homes to cater for people with special needs such as the orphans, the dying, those with leprosy as well as HIV/AIDS.
In recognition of her formidable work, Mother Teresa received innumerable awards including the Magsaysay Award in 1962, Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 as well as the Bharat Ratna in 1980. Other prizes she won includes Balzan prize, Pope John XXIII peace prize, and among many other noble recognitions from all over the world.
Different people possess different attributes and Mother Teresa was a unique person in her own right. Being blessed with a helping heart toward the needy, she will be remembered by many generations.
Last Updated: February 23, 2019.