Essay with no word limit written April 2008 for Civics.

Mother Teresa

One of the most memorable women figures of the world would be Mother Teresa It was Mother Teresa who, at the age where the future was given the slightest thought, found a larger purpose for her life. Her belief in God and His love were the motivations to her poignant actions. A world with radically more love and understanding were the fruits of her selflessness and devotion.

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in August 26, 1910 in Macedonia. A girl of Albanian descent heard God's call at the mere age of 12. It was six years anon when she left home to join an Irish community of nuns known as Sisters of Loreto. After spending a few months committed to training in Dublin, Agnes relocated to India. It was on May 24, 1931 where she took her vows as a nun. She was now to be known as Sister Teresa. In India, she taught students of St. Mary's High School, but revelation to the severe affliction occurring outside the walls of the convent tugged at her compassion. She endeavoured and received permission from her superiors to leave the convent after some time. It was then she focused her labours to working in the slums of the worst state of affairs in Calcutta by starting an open-air school. However, she was without funds. Sister Teresa depended solely on Divine Providence for this massive solo undertaking. Then volunteers started pouring in and finances improved. On October 7, 1950, she was granted authorization to inaugurate her own order: The Missionaries of Charity. The order's prime task was to love and care for those that no one else was prepared to look after especially those of pestiferous nature like lepers. After fifteen years, Pope Paul VI decreed the order as International Religious Family. Her efforts magnified and today, branches of her work reach out to Eastern Europe as well as parts of the former Soviet Union.

As a Roman Catholic nun, Mother Teresa believed in God and His goodness. She believed that "the dying, the cripple, the mental, the unwanted, the unloved – they are Jesus in disguise." Yet on the other hand, diaries that the devoted virago herself wrote whisper her reservations in God's existence as well as that of hers. Her ever smiling face she likens to "…great cloak that hides a multitude of pains." Mother Teresa addresses how "in my own soul, I feel the terrible pain of this loss. I feel that God does not want me, that God is not God and that he does not really exist." Nonetheless, despite her belief in God or herself or her motives for giving her time and efforts to those in torment, her actions were that of a saint.

These good deeds were not disregarded. Her mission to spread love and teach of love extended to the whole world. Mother Teresa's efforts stretched the Missionaries of Charity to cover different parts of the globe in need. She was dubbed as "the living saint". The rara avis also received multiple awards. In 1971, she was presented with Pope John Paul XXIII Peace Prize. Receiving more within the next few years, her last award was the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Her acceptance speech showed her gratitude for the award and her subtle distress for so many people who refuse to be moved by her pains.

Her perdurable imprint on this world will not be easily forgotten. Not only did Mother Teresa publicize poor conditions of lepers, disabled and homeless globally, but she also inspired many to help the unloved. She encouraged them to love within their own homes, one person at a time, not to wait for leaders but to do it themselves. She gave and inspired love. She inspired people of stature such as Bill Clinton and Princess Diana. Most of all, the indelible Mother Teresa inspired and motivated common people, teaching them how every small action is not ineffectual.


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