Olivia Ergle Mrs.FretwellEnglish 2nd period December 30, 2017 The Life of Mother Teresa of CalcuttaMy person’s name is Mother Teresa, she was born in Skopje Macedonia,on the 26th of August 1910. She was the youngest of five children.
Only two of her siblings died at birth. Her parents were Nikola and Dronda Bojaxhiu. She heart and desire to extend charity was a trait she learned from both of her parents who never turned anyone in need away. They helped anyone that needed food, shelter, clothing and at times even money. Mother Teresa’s father was a popular merchant and a partner to an Italian merchant. Mother Teresa’s mom was a housewife or stay at home mother. Her father was a member of “Skopje council” and he also owned several properties.
He loved being around politics and it is believed his death was possibly because of a poor political choice or action. His 1918 death was determined to be caused by some type of poison. Further speculated that someone or a group of individuals that were in disagreement with him politically were directly involved. The death of her father impacted her life and her families as well. He was their provider so there was not any income available to them. During this time of great change and need in her family’s lives, they turned to the church for comfort and help. It became very important to them. This was the beginning of Mother Teresa finding her future.
Mother Teresa was always confident as herself. She was very independent and proved to be grounded in her beliefs. She sat high goals for her life. Everyone who knew her noticed her hard work ethic. The pastor of her church, father Jambren Kovin, kept her encouraged and influenced her as much as he could.
As a young lady she accompanied her mother on trips to visit the elderly, the sick and the poor. Due to the death of her father her ability to help others was more challenging. Her mother was a housewife one day and a worker the next. Her ability to step up and support her family made Mother Teresa look up to her and her strength even more than she already did. During Teresa’s early years she was fascinated with missionary life and service. At the age of 18, Teresa said she had the calling to fulfill a religious life. With confidence and conviction she followed her heart and joined the “Loreto Sisters of Dublin”. This was a convent.
In 1928, she began her new life calling at the convent in Ireland. She learned English that year and in November she went to India to teach the language to others. She decided to spend seventeen years by educating others as a teacher and by being the principal of St. Mary’s high school in Calcutta.
This is how where and when she received her title. In 1929, while in Calcutta, she started her novitiate in Abbey in Darjeeling. A novitiate is a time a nun spends studying and praying before she takes her vows. On May 24, 1931, Teresa accepts her very first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. She took her name for St. Teresa, the patron Saint of Missionaries.
On May 14, 1937, Teresa took her final vows. These vows represented her lifelong promise to serve God. Through her commitment and childhood raising she longed to help those individuals who were starving and dying in the streets. She has always had a heart for those in need. It was how she was raised and now her calling. She was not allowed to leave the Loreto Order of Nuns. They had a rule that you could not leave the convent unless someone was seriously ill or there was something wrong. In August 1946, Mother Teresa decided she could not stay any longer.
A four day fight had broke out between the Muslims and Hindus. This put a stop to all food delivery, therefore directly impacting those children she worked with. Mother Teresa left the convent to find food for her hundreds of students. While she was looking for food some soldiers stopped her and gave her bags of food and told her to stay off the streets.
Soon after Teresa would experience another call from God. On September 10, 1946, Mother Teresa felt God had called her on an annual retreat. She was convinced that God wanted her to reach out to the poor in a different way or place. She believed that God told her to leave the convent and to live among those she was drawn to. She felt that this was an order from God and not to do this would mean to break her faith or disappoint God. In 1947, Teresa was given permission to leave the Loreto Order of Nuns. Teresa left the convent August 16, 1948. When she left she sat out on the streets of Calcutta, wearing a simple cotton sari decorated with a blue border.
A sari is a long garment made of cotton or silk that covers the body completely. It is worn by women in South Asia. She had no idea that her organization would adopt this outfit as their own. Leaving the Loreto Order of Nuns in Abbey was one of the greatest sacrifices she would ever made. She left behind her only friends and companions to go out into the slums of the cities. All she had was God. Before she went to the slums she proceeded to learn medical skills from her mother, Anna Dengel, in Patina. Along the side of the Medical Missionary Sisters she immediately began to go to the houses of the sick and visited with the dying people in local hospitals.
Sister Teresa learned to care for people by practicing with the sisters. While under their instruction she learned how to deliver babies, fix broken bones and became aware of many common diseases and illness’. She was a natural at caring for people.
After 3 months with the sisters, Mother Teresa set out to help the poor of Calcutta. Mother Teresa returned back to Calcutta in 1948. She got in touch with Father Van Exem, who would help her find a place to stay. Arrangements were made for her to stay at Saint Joseph’s home. At St. Joseph’s there were a group of nuns called, “The Little Sisters of the Poor”. They gladly welcomed her. There were so many people who needed Mother Teresa, she didn’t know where to begin.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, invited her to begin with them helping the elderly. Mother Teresa stayed with the Little Sisters of the Poor until December 21, 1948. She left and went out to the streets to start her mission from God.
She left St. Josephs with a packed lunch, no money, materials or companions. On December 21, 1948 she went into the slums for the first time. She cared for individuals young and old. She cleaned wounds and talked with elderly. She started a school in the poorest and dirtiest area that she could see outside her window while at the convent.
The first day of school 5 students showed up for class. Mother Teresa did not have any books or teaching tools but with her determination she would still teach. The alphabet was the first thing she taught.
The word spread through the slum and soon she had 40 students. The students learned about language and numbers, but also about personal hygiene and cleanliness. Through her students, Mother Teresa met many family’s and learned about their poor medical care. Many families of her students had very little of no income. Disease had attacked the head of their households and left them with very little. Thousands of people died each year due to the lack of medical care then and now.
Poverty grew and Mother Teresa knew she had to do something more. Mother Teresa didn’t have any money. All she did have was her determination and energy. She gave that gladly to the poor. She walked the streets looking for places to help. The work exhausted her, but she never gave up. Her love and compassion for God is what kept her moving forward.
People at her work helped her to help people that others would not help. Everyday she was tempted to go back to the easy life at Loreto, but instead she prayed to God for his help to get through it all. She depended on his help to fulfill her calling.In March 1949, Teresa received a visitor at St.
Joseph. The visitor was a student from Italy who could not forget Teresa’s kindness and generosity. One by one Mother Teresa students began to join her. She didn’t realize that this was the beginning of her order. Soon after in 1950, the new congregation of the Missionaries of Charity officially begin in Archdiocese of Calcutta. Mother Teresa and her former students began their fight against poverty.
While helping Calcutta’s poor her sisters, former students, assistance began to grow. In the 1960’s Mother Teresa began to send her sisters into India. Her former student, Tracy decided to become an Indian citizen because of her love and conviction for the area. Mother Teresa always encouraged her to treat the poor as a gift from God and to treat the patients with respect, warmth and kindness. After several years of work and many different charities, Mother Teresa was receiving the world’s attention for compassionate heart and desire to help others. By 1997, what began with 1 person had grown into nearly 4000 members among 610 foundations within 123 countries. Mother Teresa lived to serve God and to help others.
It was her lifelong calling. It was what her purpose on this Earth.In 1997, she blessed the one who was to take over her charities and missions. Late in the summer of 1997 she met with Pope John Paul II for the last time.
She returned to Calcutta after that meeting and spent the next couple of weeks with visitors and preparing her sisters for her departure. She wanted to instruct them as much as she could until her final breath. On September 5, 1997, Mother Teresa left this Earth. Her life had came to an end but because of her love, dedication, compassion, and determination to fill God’s will her vision of helping others would not die. She was mourned by many and given a state funeral in India. Mother Teresa began her life surrounded by a family who gave and who helped. Regardless of the ups and downs as a kid, she still chose to look to God for her path.
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