The Influence Of Mother Teresa On Society

“Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own,” states Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa is considered as one of the 20th century's greatest philanthropist. She was born August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia and died September 5, 1997, in Calcutta, India. Mother Teresa was an Albanian nun and known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. At an early age, she felt strongly connected with the Church and the God. She knew that in the future she must become missionary to spread the word and love of Christ. At the age of eighteen, she decides to leave her hometown (in Skopje) and join the sisters of Loreto, which is a community of Irish nuns in India (she never saw her family again after leaving home to become a missionary). She received her training in places like India, Dublin, and Ireland. Mother Teresa took her first affiance in 1928 and her final affiance in 1937. One of the first assignments for Mother Teresa was to teach. She taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta (all-girls school that come from wealthy families). In 1946, Mother Teresa experienced what she called a second vocation or a “call within a call” (states an article “Mother Teresa Biography”). During her training, she has noticed the suffering and poverty that was happening, which made a deep impression on her. She felt an urge to leave the convent life behind her and help the poor.

In 1948, the Vatican gave her permission to leave her convent life so she could start new mission under the supervision of the Archbishop of Calcutta. On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa permitted her own order, “Missionaries of Charity”. The main task of “Missionaries of Charity” is loving and helping those people who are poor. This order provides assistance to the poorest of the poor in countries such as Asia, Africa, Latin America and many others…Mother Teresa’s mission in the Church and the world is to help the world to become a better place for each and every one and to spread the word of Christ. Mother Teresa dedicated her life helping the poor, for the reason that she wanted people to be treated equally. Also, she was striving for peace in the world.

Mother Teresa is an influential person that opened our eyes and helped us understand that there are ways how we can help others and make the world a better place. She has changed the world by helping others and not getting anything in return. Mother Teresa even received awards for her gracious actions. Some of the awards that she received were the Nobel Peace Prize (1979), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1985), and many others…When the International Health Organization awarded Mother Teresa in 1989, in her speech, she spoke against abortion and contraception. Similarly, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she enunciated in her speech that abortion is the greatest threat to world peace. Additionally, she appeared in an open mass in Ireland and said, 'Let's promise to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who so loves Ireland, that we will never tolerate any abortions in this country and no contraceptives. ' She also declared against the successful holding of a referendum on the legalization of divorces in Ireland, a predominantly Catholic country.

Mother Teresa inspired everyone. She was an inspiration and a role model for many, even some organizations (around 50 organizations) and structures were named after her. She created a huge difference in our society. She did not have anything, but she helped millions and millions of people. Mother Teresa made huge changes in the world to show people that no matter who they are we should help each other. She helped the poor to be strong, to have hope, and believe in Christ. She helped make the world better and to this day she inspires everyone. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin (says, Mother Teresa).

10 October 2020
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