7 November 2014
Mother Teresa was widely admired for her charitable works. She started many religious movements and organizations despite some controversy in her life. Teresa of Calcutta exemplified moral character throughout her lifetime by living a very prosperous religious life.
All through her life, she was dedicated to serving people. The woman is admired by many and for some is an example of an ideal human being (Teresa of Calcutta).
Teresa was born in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, on 26 August,
1910. She was baptized as Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu and from a very young age she began to express a love for others. We can first see that she is called to faith when the holy woman received her first communion at the age of five and was fully confirmed by the time she was six
(Demi 28). She began to live very religiously especially after her father died when she was only eight years old, leaving her family in a troubling financial state. Her mother, Drane Bojaxhiu, raised her and the rest of her sibling to the best of her ability with love, care, and affection which had a very strong influence on the character of her children (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta).
Throughout her childhood, Agnes had a calling to be a missionary. Much of this desire was a result of her mother shaping her to be a compassionate woman with a commitment to charity. At the age of 18 she decided to become a nun and was given permission to leave her home to join the Institute of the Blessed Mary Virgin in Ireland. This institute was also referred
Brangers !2 to as the Sisters of Loreto and it was here that she took on the name of Sister Mary Teresa after
St. Therese of Lisieux. Teresa left the institute after about a year of training to go to India in 1929 where most of her missionary works and services to humanity were performed. It is in India when we fully start to see her true character (Demi 41).
Teresa made her first religious vows in May of 1931. She started to teach at an all girls school, St. Mary's, after being appointed to the Loreto Entally community in Calcutta. She eventually became principle after displaying a positive effect on all of her children by instilling virtues such as charity into all of her students. She took her Final Profession of Vow six years after taking her first on May 24, 1937. From this point on she was known as Mother Teresa
(Mother Teresa - Beatification and Road to Sainthood). She spent quite some time at St. Mary's and was well known in the community for exhibiting unselfishness, kindness, compassion, care, love and dedication to serve. Anyone who knew her would agree that she was a model person and say that she displayed a strong character. She lived happily in Loreto, however, she could not ignore the immense poverty in Calcutta. The conditions of the area made a great impact on her and she was disturbed by the widespread despair within much of the community. She went on a retreat from Calcutta to Darjeeling every year, but she had no idea how her annual retreat would change her life in 1946 (Mother Teresa Biography).
In September of 1946 Mother Teresa received what many refer to as "a call within a call" on her yearly trip to Darjeeling. She was called by God to serve those who have been neglected.
She was given inspiration by the Father to create a religious community that focused on helping the poor, along with the sick and others in need. Her calling shows that she has great moral character because she was chosen by God to fulfill the task of establishing a new religious
Brangers !3 community. Problems arose, however, because she was not allowed to leave the convent of sisters due to taking a vow of obedience. She was given permission by Archbishop Ferdinand
Périer in 1948 to leave the convent and begin working on her new mission (Demi 70).
Once Mother Teresa had left the convent, where she had spent much of her life, she began to carry out