Before coming to Kolkata & IIMC My knowledge about Mother Teresa was very Limited. I knew her as a Great Saint, A Great Social Worker. That’s it. While working at IIMC, I see Mother Teresa’s statue several times at IIMC, s campus & many other places too. This develops anxiety in me to know more about her. & on one fine day after consulting address from some good friends I went to Missionaries of Charity, Mother House, 54 A, A.J.C Bose Road, Kolkata – 700016. & Now, I can say Mother Teresa’s deeds are the best gift of western world to east.
Her life is inspirational for all of us & generations to come. Pls. accompany me in divine experience.
Mother Teresa –
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhin (Later Mother Teresa) was born to Albanian parents in Yugoslavia on 27thAugust 1910. At the age of 18 she became a Sister of Loreto. She came to India in 1928 and started her novitiate (a beginner becoming a nun) in Darjeeling, a hill station in West Bengal.
Mother Teresa became a teacher at St. Mary’s High School in Kolkata in 1929. Soon she became the principal of the school. In 1931 she adopted the name Teresa. In 1946 Teresa felt an inner urge to start a new experiment to serve humanity. So in 1948 she obtained the Pope’s permission to leave the convent. With only five rupees in hand she went into the streets of Kolkata to work for the poor and the needy. She lovingly collected some slum children, washed them and began to teach them under a tree.
Teresa took Indian citizenship in 1948. She then opened a first home and first school in Kolkata for slum children. She also adopted Indian dress, and clothed herself in sari. Mother Teresa started the Order of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. Its members are dedicated to free service to the poor. They look after the unwanted, the abandoned and the unloved. They also run many children homes to care for the sick, retarded and orphaned children. These Sisters work also among the drug addicts, alcoholics and destitute in many countries. In 1957 Mother Teresa opened a home for lepers in Kolkata.
Mother Teresa set up nearly 570 homes for the poor, spread in over 125 countries both in the West and the East. Mother Teresa was honored with numerous titles and awards. These include the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979, Magsaysay Award (The Philippines), Templeton Award (Britain), and India’s highest Civilian Award, Bharat Ratna. They meant little to her. She was a woman of God who practiced love in action.
Mother Teresa’s Journey –
Here is a collection of pictures of Mother Teresa. These images reveal different phases and facets of her life. These photos encompass her life journey.
By Blood … ALBANIAN – Birth in Skopje, 1910
A Very Happy Family – Gonxha,s Siblings
Love Begins at Home
Call within A Call – Inspiration Day, 10 September 1946
Jesus to Mother Teresa 1947 – Come be My Light, They don’t know me So, They don’t want me, You Come Go among Them.
Mothers First Map in Search Of Souls
Indescribable Sadness – Calcutta, 1939 -1946
Mother Of The Poor – The Slums 1948 – 1949
The Work Is Growing – Calcutta – July 1950
Missionaries Of Charity – Mother House – 54 A.J.C Bose Road, Kolkata – 700016. &The Mother House
We Will Take the Child – Home for Child – 1955
The Most Un-Wanted Leprosy Sufferers – 1957
The Treasure House – Home for the Dying
My day’s service Pass for Voluntarily Service at Nirmal Hridaya ( Home for Dying).
Friends it was a Amazing Experience I had at Nirmal Hridaya ( Home for Dying), “Friends Believe me if You want to serve the God Serve here, Serve His beings, His creation, Love his People, Love Humanity, Be Compassionate, Make others Smile, In Smile of beings of God You can See the Smile of God”. Be the Helping hand of God for his beings.
In The Name of The Poor Awards.
Noble Peace Prize presented to Mother Teresa, MC at Oslo, Norway, 10 December 1979
From the Speech given by Mother Teresa to the United Nations in 1985 – Created for Greater Things : To Love & To be Loved.
Mother Teresa’s Room at Mother House – This is the Room where mother worked from the 1950,s until her death in September, 5, 1997.
Me at Mother Teresa, s Home Along with Mother Teresa’s Tomb
Mother Teresa’s Messages –
Here are some famous quotes & Messages by Mother Teresa. These quotes and Messages are a guiding light and source of inspiration to others.
Great People – “The poor are very Great People, They can teach us so many beautiful things”.
The Greatest Injustice – Terrible indifference
The Greatest Poverty – Being Unloved & Unwanted
Mother Teresa’s Dairy –
Here are the pages from the Mother Teresa’s Dairy. These pages reveal her thinking and are a guiding light and source of inspiration to others.
All for Jesus – A Gift to our Dearest Mother on her Feast
Holiness is not a luxury of the few. If you don’t want to be holy pack up & Go. I will, I want with God’s Blessing Be Holy.
I have Great Faith that putting in the chalice, The chalice must be overflowing with all the people I put in.
In spite of all our defects, God is in Love with us and keeps using you and me to light the light of Love and Compassion in the World, So, give Jesus a big Smile and Hearty Thank You.
East – It is not possible to engage in the apostolate without being a soul of prayer without conscious awareness of and real sub-mission to the Divine Will.
Jesus and the desire to Thirst – Here Jesus speaks to you. I want you to be my fire of Love amongst the poor, The Sick, The dying and the little children, the poor I want you to bring to me.
Jesus Thirsting in the Poor
Jesus want this to be inprinted in your Minds. God still loves the world through you and Me today. We must not be afraid to radiate God’s Love Every Where.
Mother seeks the face of God in everything, everyone, everywhere all the time.
Let us free our minds from one that is not Jesus. If you find it difficult to pray ask him again and again: Jesus come into my Heart. Pray in me and with me that I may learn from Thee how to pray. If you pray more you will Pray Better.
Put Your Hand in Mary’s Hand. Allow her to lead you to Jesus. Not only Pray to Her. But, really turn to her as to your Mother.
Behold the Hand Maid of the Lord be it done to me According to your word. Marry allowed God to use her according to his wish with full Joy, belonging to him without reserve.
Christ – The Church is the vine, the society the branch and We the Fruit His father. The Vine dresser. This thought is so, Beautiful. Let us meditate on it often.
Fidelity to his promises in the Gospel…Loves than Me? Come to me do not be afraid…Full Trust in his Divine providence for all our Necessities…You are more important to me than the grass, than the birds. Remember those words. I am more important. Even the Sun and Moon cannot receive Holy Communion. I can as beautiful as they are He created for me the Sun and The Moon, Trees, Birds. All for me.
Be Happy and at Peace . Accept whatever He gives and give whatever He takes with a big smile. You belong to him tell him.
Fidelity to the rule is the most precious and delicate Flower of Love that We Religious can give to Almighty God.
For a Clean and Pure Heart Can see God. Therefore, make sure your Heart is Clean, Free to belong only to Jesus, To Love only Jesus, To serve only Jesus.
God is using nothingness to show his Greatness
I am just a little pencil in God’s hands – We are entirely at his disposal to be used by him as it pleases him without being consulted. Mother’s openness to God’s will has led her to travel continuously around the world at great cost to herself. Sometimes I wake up I don,t know where I am.
Joy – Joy is Prayer, Joy is Strength, Joy is Love, God Loves a cheerful giver. A sister who has cultivated a spirit of joy feels less tired and is always ready to go on doing good. A sister filled with joy preaches without preaching. A joyful sister is like the sunshine of God, s Love. The hope of eternal Happiness, The flame of Burning Love She will never know how much good just a simple smile can do to children and to the poor, to all those who suffer and are lonely. Give them always a happy smile.
Joy is the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Our Loving Trust in God implies our Trust in God’s almightiness, His infinite wisdom and his unfailing Love.
Our Mother fosters devotion to the Miraculous Medal as a means of honoring our Immaculate Mother and of helping appreciate and experience her Loving care for her Children.
Our Prayer will be the Prayer of little Children. One of tender devotion, deep humility, serenity and simplicity.
Take the help of all your Senses to Pray. Pay special care How you genwfect, how you join your hands,…..”
That my Joy May be for Poor
The Biggest disease today is not Leprosy or Tuberculosis, but, the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody.
The essential thing is not what we say. But, what God says to us & through us”
The Experience of the Thirst of Jesus
The Main Apostolate of the Sisters
The more we empty ourselves, the more room we give God to fill.
When accepting Prizes Mother says – I am unworthy. I don’t want it. I accept it in the name of the Poor.
When our Lord wanted Sisters for his work among the poor He expressly asked for the poverty of the cross. Our Lord on the cross processed nothing. He chose poverty because He knew in his infinite knowledge and wisdom that it is the real means of possessing goal of conquering his Heart of bringing his Love down to this Earth.
Whole Hearted and free service to the Poorest of the Poor – Knowing Loving and Serving Jesus in the Poor.
Western Europe – People are Hungary for Bread, They are Hungary for Love, People are not naked only for piece of cloth, they are Naked for Human Dignity. People are not only Homeless for Room made of bricks, but they are Homeless being rejected. Unwanted, Unloved. Jesus says – Love as I have Loved you, I have wanted you I have Loved You. Now, You Love as I Loved You.
But, of My free choice, oh My God, and out of Love for you. I desire to remain and do whatever is your holy will in my regard. Give me courage Now this Moment.
Jesus in my Heart I believe in your Tender Love for Me, I Love You
Rejoice in the Lord Always
I will I want with God’s Blessings Be Holy
On March 13, 1997, Mother Teresa stepped down from the head of Missionaries of Charity and died on September 5, 1997, just 9 days after her 87th birthday.
Mother Teresa’s Work & Her Thoughts towards Humanity will remain a guiding light and source of inspiration to others !!.
MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY – Branches on the Vine
” God has blessed our family with So, many branches on the Vine, Jesus – producing his fruit of Love and Compassion through works of Prayer and works of Love in Action”.