Mother Teresa Social Reformer of India
Mother Teresa was a moving angel on the earth. This simple old missionary lady is known today throughout the world. She was the savior of thousands of orphans and deserted children. Born on August 27, 1910, she was christened, Agnes. Her father was a farmer at Spoji in Yugoslavia. She had a brother and sister younger to her. She was the eldest. She preferred to join as nun in the Roman Catholic Church. With the consent of her parents she was admitted as a Sister of the Roman Catholic Church. She came to India when she was just 19 years old, on 6th of January, 1929.
Miss Agnes was named as Sister Teresa. She came to work as a teacher at Calcutta. She was not happy to continue as teacher. She saw in the streets of Calcutta poverty, sickness and misery. Several children were seen deserted and many were orphans. They had none to care for. There were many sick and miserable people. She wanted to sever them.
With only Rs.5 with her, she took a small room and started to sever them. She took care of the deserted children and also nursed the sick. She also started a small school. Seeing the selfless service undertaken by a foreign lady, many ladies in Calcutta joined her. Thus came into being the institution called the missionaries of charity. Sister Teresa never went back to her motherland. With many Sisters joining her organization Sister Teresa became Mother Teresa.
As years passed by, Mother Teresa expanded her missionary activities to other cities and to other countries too. "Missionaries of Charity", today are seen in almost all big cities of India. Her institutions are now doing services in Sri Lanka, Australia and even in far off countries like Venezuela.
Love and compassion were the cardinal principles of her mission she said that serving the needy and poor is serving God. Her willpower and dedication to the cause of poor and children had earned her international recognization. Mother Teresa had been honored with many awards for her Nobel work.
• Raman Magsaysay Award : 1962
• Jawaharlal Nehru International Award for peace : 1972
• Templeton Foundation Award : 1973
• Nobel Prize for Peace : 1979
• Bharat Ratna : 1980
She spread the message of love of Lord Jesus in all corners of the globe. She was the Mother General in her mission. She had chosen India as her country. We Indians, should be proud of Mother Teresa, who left her body on September 5, 1997.
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