The Epitome of kindness: On the birth anniversary of Mother Teresa

She spent many decades for her life serving the poor

Pratibha and Neha

Prayers were offered at the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in remembrance of Mother Teresa on her 111th birth anniversary on Thursday.

One of the most famous quote of Mother Teresa is “There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.

The Nobel peace prize winner founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta that aimed at providing care for refugees, sick, abandoned children and many others who need support. 

She was born in 1910, in a family of ethnic Ablanians in Skopje, she left her home when she was just 18 and joined ‘Sisters of Loreto’ (The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary) in Ireland’s Rathfarnham.

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Mother Teresa whose real name was Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, moved to India in 1920 and in 1948, she decided to leave the church and adopt a life in slums to help the poor and needy in Calcutta.

She is believed to have followed God’s ‘first’ calling at the age of twelve. She received a second  calling while teaching in India and she devoted more than 60 years of her life serving distressed people.  

According to MV Naidu’s ‘Two Women: The Princess and the Saint’, she did not just visit the lepers but bathed, bandaged and lived with them.  

Teresa was first recognized by the Indian government more than a third of a century earlier, receiving the Padma Shri in 1962 and Jahwar Lal Nehru award for international understanding in 1969

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) foundation recognized ‘her mercy cognizance of the abject of a foreign land, in whose service she has led a new congregation’ and awarded her in 1962.

When Mother Teresa passed away at the age of 87, millions lined up along the route of the funeral procession shedding tears of love and gratitude. A state funeral by the central government in recognition of her services for the poor across the country was arranged.

The saint was much praised for her simplicity that was disguised in her great work to the society.