Mother Teresa is commended for her tireless work for the good of society and for inspiring countless people around the world. August 26 marks the 112th birthday of Mother Teresa, who was canonized in 2016. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910, and was always religious. It was at the age of 12 that Mother Teresa felt the calling of God and decided to become a missionary. She left her childhood home in 1928 to join an Irish nun community called Sisters of Loreto who had missions in India.
After a few months of training in Dublin, Mother Teresa was sent to India, where she taught at a school in Kolkata, then Calcutta, from 1931 to 1948. It is believed that during this time, the sight of poverty-stricken people moved her and she decided to devote herself to the uplifting of the needy.
Despite having no money to support her work, Mother Teresa aspired to help the poorest in the city and devised an open-air school for slum children. On October 7, 1950, she founded the Missionaries of Charity, an organization dedicated to helping the poor, regardless of their creed, color, or social class.
Mother Teresa’s extraordinary work has been recognized around the world and has earned her several awards and accolades. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was also congratulated on Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in 1980. Mother Teresa also received the Balzan Prize in 1979 and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards. She was canonized by the Pope at a ceremony at the Vatican in 2016.
Here are some quotes from Mother Teresa.
- If we are not at peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong together.
- Be faithful in small things, for therein lies your strength.
- If you have nothing, then you have everything.
- Let’s always meet with a smile, because the smile is the beginning of love.
- A life not lived for others is not a life.