Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910 in Yugoslavia. Mother Teresa’s father’s name was Nikola Boyazu. He was a simple businessman. She was an active member of a Roman Catholic organization and at the young age of 12 the seed of great compassion sprouted in her heart. Mother Teresa’s real name was Agnes Gonza Boyajiju. Gonja means flower bud in Albanian. Agnes’s father passed away when she was a child. she was later raised by her mother. She was the youngest of five siblings and at the time of her birth, her elder sister Achch was 7 years old and brother was 2 years old, the other two children passed away in childhood.
Gonjha was a beautiful, lively, studious and hardworking girl. She and her sister were the lead singers of the prayer service in the cathedral. Gonza was given a new name, Sister Teresa, indicating that she was going to start a new life. This new life in a new country far away from her family was not comfortable but Sister Teresa felt great peace.
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Arrival in India
Sister Teresa, along with three other sisters reached the Loreto Convent in Calcutta on January 6, 1929. She was a very good disciplinarian teacher and the students loved her very much. In the year 1944, she became the Principal of St. Mary’s School. Mother Teresa completed the necessary nursing training and returned to Calcutta in 1948.
Mother Teresa established the Missionaries of Charity in 1949 to aid the poor, helpless, and unhealthy people, and the Roman Catholic Church recognized it on October 7, 1950. Along with this, she decided to give up traditional clothes and wear a saree with blue border. Mother Teresa opened ashrams in the name of Nirmal Hridayya and Nirmala Shishu Bhavan.
Mother Teresa became Sister Teresa by taking initiation at the age of just eighteen years. During this, in 1948, he opened a school to teach children and later established the Missionaries of Charity. Work done with true dedication and hard work never fails, this saying proved true with Mother Teresa.
A Vow of Social Service
When Mother Teresa came to India, she saw pathetic condition of destitute and disabled children and helpless patients lying on the roadside, and then she could not dare to turn away from India. She stopped here and took a vow of public service, which she continued to follow. Mother Teresa, showing her anger in the whole world against the killing of embryos, adopted orphans and illegitimate children and provided motherhood-happiness. He picked up the helpless persons lying on the footpaths and treated them in his service centers. The service of unhappy humanity is the vow of his life.
Honours and Awards
Mother Teresa has received many international honors and awards of the world for the service of suffering humanity, including Padma Shri 1962, Nobel Prize 1979, India’s highest award Bharat Ratna in 1980, Medal of Freedom 1985. Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her worldwide missionary work. He was given this award for helping the poor and helpless. His decision to use the Nobel prize money of $192,000 as a fund for the Indian poor shows his big heart.