Life Issues of Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa, Agnes, was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia. She had a mother, Drana Bojaxhiu, and her father, Nikola Bojaxhiu. Both of Agnes’ parents were Albanian. Agnes had a sister, Age, who was six years older than her, and a brother, Lazar who was three years older than her. Years after birth Agnes began going to school at Sacred Heart. At Sacred Heart she learned Serbo-Croatian, in which her family spoke at home along with Albanian. Mother Teresa once did one deed not to become famous, but to do it for the love of God.
On August 2, 1919, Nikola Bojaxhiu had a sudden death. He was on a trip for work and when returning home was very ill. Later he dropped dead at only the age of forty-five. This was a horrible tragedy for the Bojaxhiu family. Soon after his death Drana and her three children began going to mass daily at Sacred Heart. At mass one day Father Jambrenkovic, the priest, showed Agnes a magazine about Missionaries. At the age twelve Agnes told her mother that she wanted to devote her life to God. That’s when she began teaching Sunday School at Sacred Heart.
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Agnes’ later life helped her to become the amazing saint she is today. One day at the age of eighteen Agnes told her mother that she wanted to become a Missionary Nun. Drana was paranoid about Agnes leaving in fear of never seeing her again. Drana prayed to God for a whole day straight! Agnes believed God was the one who made her choice.
St. Mother Teresa devoted her life to God and helping the “poorest of the poor”. Today we still remember her amazing words and actions. Then, Agnes left in September of 1928, for Yugoslavia. This was truly the last time Agnes saw Drana and her siblings. When arriving at the Loreto Order Agnes met Betike Kanjc. Agnes and Betike traveled to Dublin, Ireland. In Dublin they stayed in a convent built in 1725. The two girls spent six weeks at the convent learning english and studying to become a nun. Agnes took a train ride to Darjeeling, where she took her first vows as a nun. After receiving her vows she was called, “Sister Teresa”. Agnes took the name “Teresa” after french nun who died at the age twenty-four in 1897. Soon Teresa began teaching at St. Mary’s. Then in August, 1944 Mother Superior became ill. That’s when Teresa took over St. Mary’s. She was called “Mother” after becoming headmistress at St. Mary’s.
Mother Teresa began to see horrible things. One when she was walking in the streets she saw injured and dead people lying in the streets. That’s when she heard God tell her, “Go into the slums and work among the poor”. Mother Teresa taught children to write by writing with a stick in the dirt. Sister Teresa applied to Rome to start the Missionaries of Charity. Her request was quickly approved in 1950. In 1952 Mother Teresa saw the worst thing any human can see, a woman whose wounds had maggots in them, and rats had eaten her flesh. That’s when she opened a home for orphans and abandoned babies.
Meanwhile, in 1972, Drana became very ill. Mother Teresa hadn’t seen her mother since she left for Yugoslavia. Drana later died July of 1972, and Age died the following summer. Excitingly in 1979, Mother Teresa earned the Nobel Peace prize. That’s when Missionaries of Charity houses began opening across the country. This included Venezuela, Italy, Australia, Africa, England, and the first in the US, New York City.
Mother Teresa had a couple of amazing accomplishments in her lifetime. Her biggest one was becoming a saint. Outside of becoming a saint she opened the Missionaries of Charity and even performed two miracles. She is most famous for dedicating her life to God at a young age.
Sadly, in 1980, Teresa’s health began to go down hill. She suffered from multiple heart attacks, malaria, and pneumonia. During this time, in 1981, Lazar passed away. Then on September 5, 1997 Mother Teresa sadly died. She died in Calcutta at the age of eighty-seven. Later, in 1997, Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003. She was later canonized saint on September 4, 2016 by Pope Francis. After receiving her canonization she was called “Saint Mother Teresa”. Mother Teresa was, and still is an amazing young women who only wanted to help the poor, not become famous.
Many interesting things happened throughout Mother Teresa’s life. One thing I found cool was that Teresa’s middle name was Gonxha, which meant “Flower Bud”. Another thing that was interesting about her is that she was rarely outside of the convent in Ireland. Again many interesting, but still amazing things happened in her lifetime.