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Mother Of All Mothers

I am fortunate to have been blessed by two Saints. Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa. I believe my work on Osovo is being directed on God's own wishes for me to touch the lives of Millions of people through these posts.

Today I talk about Mother Teresa (1910-1997), who was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia in a devout Roman Catholic family of Albanian descent. At a tender age of twelve she strongly felt the call of God within her. It urged her to spread the love of God to the poorest of the poor in the farthest reaches of the world.

She left her parental home at the age of eighteen and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns who had missions in different poor countries including India. There she took the name Sister Mary Teresa after Saint Therese of Lisieux.

Later, when she took the final vows of nunhood she became Mother Theresa by which name she is now known. She was sent to India to teach in a school. During her stay in Kolkata she was appalled to see the misery and the suffering of the poor people living outside the convent walls. While travelling by train to a retreat centre at Himalayan foothills, she felt a Divine call within her the second time.

This time the Divine Voice urged her to work among the poorest and the sickliest people in the slums of Kolkata. After receiving permission from her superiors she left the convent in 1948 in order to do charity work in the slums of Kolkata.

Seeing her courage and determination in fighting the solitary battle to alleviate human misery as a lone trooper, a few volunteers joined her and financial support also started forthcoming. This enabled her to expand her noble work step by step.

Over the course of next couple of decades she established a leper colony, an orphanage, a family clinic, a nursing home and a string of mobile clinics in Kolkata. They primarily serve the poorest of the poor providing them physical and spiritual sustenance in a number of ways. They undertake relief work wherever natural calamities strike in the form of floods, famines and epidemics etc. They work among refugees in several strife-torn countries.

They also take care of society’s scum like alcoholics, drug addicts, AIDS sufferers and the homeless. Today the organization also includes over a million lay workers all over the world following Mother Teresa’s spirit of selfless service at individual family and community levels. Mother Teresa’s dedication and service has been recognized throughout the world. She received several national and international honors. The Government of India has conferred Bharat Ratna on her recognizing her as one of the country’s most distinguished citizens. In 1979 she received Nobel Prize for Peace for the humanitarian work done by her.

Mother Teresa was canonized on September 4th, 2016. She is now a Saint and will be remembered throughout the ages as the Mother of all Mothers.

This post uses content written by Dolphi DSilva on Cafe Enoma
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Mamta Mamta
It is indeed a proud moment for us to be able to witness such a significant and sanctified event.Mother Teresa was indeed Mother of all Mothers in the way she selflessly took care of the downtrodden.

Gomathi Gomathi
Thank you Sir for bringing before us the story of a good soul, the Mother Teresa. Every moment of her life is just giving unconditional love to poor & sick. A great human being with great heart, we love & adore you Mother Teresa.

Sheila Sheila
We are greatly blessed to get a Mother who came to India and gave her life and everything and showed the real love of how a person could be.

A role model to everyone.
My heart touching incident of her:

This is a true incident in the life of Mother Theresa.
She used to go in search of well-to-do people and seek help for the people who were struggling for their life.

One rich guy who hates these kind of activities & people, used to frown at her all the time. But Mother Theresa, politely approached him and asked for help.

At the peak of anger, the rich man spit on Mother Theresa's face and started scolding her.

The divine Mother, patiently cleared it and with unimaginable patience asked him,
"Thanks for what ever you gave me, but what will you give to help my poor people".

The rich man got stunned by her response and gave her sufficient funds to help the needy people.

She never had ego while helping people, which most of us have when we do such activities.

Her only intension was to reach out for people who are in need and help them. She always believed that she's just a tool being used to help others. She never took the pride of her achievements. We should try following her path to the maximum extent possible.

Lucy Lucy
Many time I thought how blessed we are because these saints are in our time. I can say with great joy I got opportunity to meet St. Pope John Paul II in different times. God bless us abundantly through these saints.

Harpreet Harpreet
Thank you Sir, for sharing story of Mother Teresa, the mother of all mothers. She will always be remembered for her unconditional love, kindness, empathy and unwavering commitment to aid the needy.

Dolphi Dolphi
I have not personally met Mother Theresa but I know personally Mother Theresa's personal attendant during the last years, Sister Ashu, who is my first cousin and has visited us a couple of times. Thanks, Savio, for re-publishing my article during this timely occasion.

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