Mother Teresa was a humanitarian nun who dedicated her life to caring for those who society had forgotten about. She was born in the fourth week of August in 1910. As this week marks the 100th anniversary of her birth, countries all over the world are remembering her work.
The United States has developed special edition stamps to distribute. All around the world, followers of Mother Teresa’s work have been placing red roses at monuments and statues built in the humanitarian’s name. Portraits appear all over towns for those who pass by to remember the selfless life of this historic nun. Commemorative gold coins will be made available by the Albanian government. All around the world, people are taking a break from their stressful lives, letting go of grudges and hate, and helping out complete strangers in honor of Mother Teresa.
The Missionaries of Charity
When Mother Teresa was only 18 years old, she became a nun in India. She taught for a school and lived in the convent. She had led a luxurious life back with her family, but left it all to try to better the lives of others. The convent was comfortable, and she very much enjoyed teaching.
Not long into her career as a nun in Calcutta, she began to notice life beyond the walls of the convent was more than difficult for its citizens. Some families could not provide enough food for their children or provide adequate medical attention and schooling. Mother Teresa took her devout faith further when she requested to be an independent nun. She was granted permission, and began working to teach and aid children and families whom society had forgotten about. People who felt as if no relief would ever come were given hope once again by Teresa.
Mother Teresa formed the Missionaries of Charity. Not long after her venture into the slums of Calcutta, she received aid. She not only got numerous financial and physical donations, but she also got other volunteers to help in her organization. During school, we were told the heroic tale of Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. That story changed my life in ways that I never thought a tale from a history book could. It shows students that anything is possible, and that one person can do her part to change the world.
As we grow up, we begin to see the big picture of society and our very small role in it. Just because our part doesn’t seem very large doesn’t mean we can’t inspire change, just like Mother Teresa did. From that day on, I worked harder, was kinder, and never judged. I volunteered the best ways I knew how, and I went to school for economics to change the world. I’m only one student in a school of 10,000 living in a state of 5.5million residents, but I can make a difference. I can try to provide economic aid to families having a difficult time, and I could help solve problems deeply embedded in the government to allow it to better serve its constituents. As I apply for post-graduate jobs, I keep the work of Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in the back of my mind. I can inspire many through my words, through my writing, and through my actions.
Mother Teresa Biography
The Sydney Morning Herald