Mother Teresa|Life of a Great Woman
Life of a Great Woman
On 27Th August 1910 in Yugoslavia, there was born a she-child with a heart full of love, affection and charity whose whole life was dedicated to the welfare services to mankind and became the mother of the poor, sick and afflicted persons irrespective of caste and creed and unanimously was recognized as one of the greatest women of the twentieth-century world- the name of that great woman was Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa came from a poor Albanian family. Her father’s name was Mr. Nichola and her mother’s name was Mrs. Drana. Teresa was the third but the youngest child of her parents. Her childhood name was Agnes.
At about the age of five, like other children of her age, she went to a nearby village school where she learned the A. B. C. of formal education. At the age of seven, she lost her father and then the family fell into extreme poverty. Consequently, she put an end to her formal education at the age of sixteen.
As she grew older, she became more and more reflective, indifferent and restless. She could not make out what to do. At last, to have peace of mind, she decided to serve the poor and the sick. Then she took up the name of Teresa after a French nun Teresa Martin and joined a Christian Missionary in Yugoslavia. With the Missionaries, she came to India in 1929 and settled down in Calcutta. At first, she devoted herself to educating the poor illiterate children.
One morning, during her earlier life in Calcutta, she happened to come by a poor sick old person lying helpless on the footpath of Calcutta and noticing his helpless condition, her heart began to burn within her. Thence she decided to devote herself to the service of the poor, sick and forlorn. This was the turning point of her life that led her to greatness. Then with anxiety, but with much hope and eagerness, she founded the Missionary of Charity in 1949 and began to serve the poor, sick and forlorn whole-heartedly. Basing upon her Missionary of Charity she founded sixty schools and more than 200 dispensaries in different countries of the world. And through them, she rendered her motherly services to mankind till her death on 5th September 1997.
Teresa was not only the universal mother of the poor, sick and forlorn but was an ideal symbol of a simple lifestyle. She was an exemplary disciplinarian also. Besides this, she was a great patriot and an ideal patron of international peace and mutual understanding among the nations.
The world was so much affected and influenced by her services that after the recognition of her incessant services to mankind, the world bestowed many degrees, honours and awards on her. In 1962, the Indian Government bestowed the Padma-Shree title on her. In 1972 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for international understanding. In 1978 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for world peace. In 1980, the Indian Government offered her the Bharat Ratna honour. In 1993, she was awarded the Rajib Gandhi Probability Award. Moreover, she was shown much honour by many countries of the world wherever she went. All the money she received along with those honour and awards was spent on the cause of the poor and the afflicted.
There were some other women like Sarojini Naidu, Annie Besant, Indira Gandhi, Aruna Asaf Ali and some others who were also recognized as the great women of the twentieth century; but Mother Teresa was the greatest of all the greats because her services were much more extensive and universal.
Mother Teresa was so much busy with the welfare services to mankind that she got no opportunity to enter into a marriage bond and remained a virgin for all her days in the world. That is why she may be called the Virgin Mother of the world.
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N. B. This article ‘Mother Teresa, Life of a Great Woman‘ originally belongs to the book ‘School Essays Part-I‘ by Menonim Menonimus.
Books of Composition by M. Menonimus:
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- Notice Writing
- Passage Comprehension
- The Art of Poster Writing
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- School Essays Part-I
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