Mother Teresa was born on August 26th, 1910 and was baptized the next day as Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. She was the youngest child in her family and was blessed with great empathy and compassion towards others. When she was nine years old, she suffered an unexpected and tragic death of her father.
This left young Agnes dejected. Her family went through a tough time, they faced a financial crisis. Even with this problem at hand, Agnes’s mother did not let it affect her love and utmost care and affection towards her children. At the age of eighteen, Agnes felt strongly the call of God and wanted to pursue her position as a nun. Henceforth, she made the decision to enroll herself at the Institute of blessed Mary Virgin, which is also known as the Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland. That was the time when she was first presented with the name “Sister Mary Teresa”. She took her first religious vows as a nun on May 1931 and was given a job at the Loreto Entally community of Calcutta where she began teaching at St.
Mary’s School. After six years of teaching at St. Mary’s School, on May 24, 1997, she took her final vows and was given the name, “Mother Teresa”. The next twenty years of her life was spent as a teacher. Within the walls of the school, Mother Teresa was teaching at, she was known for her love, kindness, generosity, and compassionate ways.
But she was greatly depressed with the situations that were taking place outside of St. Mary’s School. Outside the convent, Mother Teresa saw many people on the streets suffering through harsh conditions. She respected their heroism as they lived on the streets.
She believed that they were brave, and determined to find a way to get through their day in such unstable conditions. Mother Teresa even valued their diversity. She never expressed any sort of discrimination to one’s skin tone, background or disability of any kind. So, when she saw many people that might have been discriminated, she chose to help them and not discriminate amongst them. When Mother Teresa noticed them, she saw past their appearance and background, to focus on something more important. Through her eyes, she saw a human in need of help and love. Mother Teresa cared so much about the well-being of people.
Mother Teresa couldn’t handle the bundle of emotions inside of her so, she decided to take action against this social injustice, in hopes for a change. “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving”- Mother Teresa I couldn’t agree with Mother Teresa more. She decided to help those in need. She sacrificed her time, and most of her life, supporting the poorest of the poor that were suffering through terrible conditions. Mother Teresa fought against poverty. She went in the slums of Calcutta and chose to live among them and like them too. The first steps that she took, in hopes of seeing a change in her community, was starting an open-air school. Mother Teresa saw uneducated kids roaming around the poverty-stricken streets.
That was when she decided to start an open-air school. At that time, she didn’t have anything that could supply her needs to teaching kids. She didn’t have pencils, paper, desk, or even a roof above her head while teaching. Eventually, she open-air school grew popular and volunteers came to lend a hand in teaching. Mother Teresa even got financial support. Then, she was recognized by her work and started to developing charities to raise awareness about poverty. Mother Teresa made a Missionaries Charity on October 7th, 1950.
Its mission was to care for the homeless, blind, unloved, and ones who were abandoned by their families. The charity grew rapidly by 1997, it had grown to more than 4500 sisters running orphanages. Mother Teresa opened many more charities such as, ‘Nirmal Hirday’, which bought medical attention for people to die in peace. She also opened a home for ‘Hansen’s disease’. She provided many supplies to people in the home such as bandages, food, and clean water.
Mother Teresa’s commitment to helping the people in the world was sensational. She won many awards in her lifetime because of her good deeds to the people in need. Some of the many awards that she received are the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, the Bharat Ratna in 1980, the Golden Honor of the Nation in 1994 and many more. A global citizen is a person who can pinpoint their value in a community and they are willing to change it for the better. Hence, the reason why I think Mother Teresa is a great example of a global citizen.
She had shown nothing but love, kindness, generosity and compassion to people by devoting her life helping the poor, sick, and needy. By noticing the horrendous living conditions of the poverty-stricken people from the slums of Calcutta, she did everything from starting an open-air school to developing charities to raising awareness of poverty. Even after Mother Teresa passed away on the 5th of September 1997, the world still remembers Mother Teresa for her work which is greatly recognized globally. She changed the world for the better, Mother Teresa made a positive impact that helped shape the right path that humanity can follow to make it a more livable place. In all glory, it is safe to say that Mother Teresa was truly the mother of the world. Will there be someone to carry on Mother Teresa’s Nobel work in the future?