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Mother Teresa - An Angel Helping the Poor

Updated on March 04, 2017
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'You flew to earth from the heaven,

to help the poorest of the poor,

to save the sickest of the sick,

like an angel with a pure heart;


Order that called you within the call

to serve the poor, the sick and the dying

piecing a home for the homeless

you commenced the same in Kalighat;’


"Oh Mother! I’ve to search and search for words to articulate all of your humble, great deeds. But my efforts in featuring you are null beside the sufferings and aches you experienced while searching a home for the poor. Your humanitarian service born from the call shines like a jewel everywhere in this world. You’re always with us through the smiles of the poor and unwanted. I pray you to root out poverty and starvation from this world and bring solace to all those afflicted hearts."

The charity missions for the poor, destitute and sick founded by Mother Teresa have brought light in numerous lives and this alms-giving service got birth from a call for her while she was traveling in a train to Darjeeling. In the Missionaries of Charity, she ministered to the poor, the sick, the orphaned and the dying first in India and then in the rest of the world. She is the blessed Mother of this earth to whom gratitude can never be compensated by any means.

Early life of Mother Teresa


Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu is the true name of Mother Teresa who was born on 26th August 1910.She was a Roman Catholic nun of Albanian origin and Indian citizenship. According to Vatican, she was born in Skopje, Macedonia. She was the youngest in her family from Shkoder, Albania born to Nikolle and Drana Bojaxhiu. Her father died when she was eight years old and was raised as a Roman Catholic. Agnes showed great interest in the stories of the lives of Missionaries in her early years. She left her home at the age of 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto from where onwards she never saw her family.

As Agnes wanted to do service in Bengal, India, she had to learn English, the language in which the sisters of Loreto used to teach the school children. She went to Dublin to get training and reached India in 1929. Her novitiate began in Darjeeling, near the Himalayan Mountains. On 24th May 1931, she took her initial vows to become a nun under the name ‘Teresa’ after her patroness, St. Therese of Lisieux. From 1931 to 1948, Teresa taught Geography and Catechism at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta.

She took her solemn vows on 14th May 1937. While Teresa enjoyed teaching, she was worried about the poverty surrounding in Bengal and was carried over by the Bengal famine that occurred in 1943. Hindu/Muslim riots in 1946 also shook the city thunderously leading to fear and despair. After teaching in the school for almost 20 years, she left the job and became a messenger of God for doing charity work.

Sisters of charity
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Nirmal Hriday
Nirmal Hriday | Source

Charity Centers in Calcutta

On 10th Sept. 1946, Teresa had a “call” to serve the poor while she was travelling in a train to Loreto Convent in Darjeeling. It was an order. She obeyed the order with full heart and faith without looking back in the later years. Teresa ventured into the slums and her first step was opening a school to educate the children who are born in streets. On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to commence the order, "The Missionaries of Charity". With just 13 members, the order was launched and her relentless endeavors helped it grow to an International Missionary operating worldwide.


1. Kalighat, the Home of the Pure Heart (Nirmal Hriday)

In 1952, Kalighat Home was opened for the sick and the dying. It was an abandoned Hindu temple of goddess ‘Kali’ earlier. Mother named it ‘Nirmal Hriday’ as those who were brought to this home got the love and care from the Missionaries of Charity. Indian officials supported and helped her in achieving this mission.


2. Nirmala Shishu Bhavan (Home of the Immaculate Heart)

Mother Teresa's first orphanage was started in 1955. Many orphans and homeless youth got refuge in this Home of Immaculate Heart. It could provide continuous care and comfort for hundreds of mentally retarded and severely handicapped children. They were boarded in a nursery-cum-ward filled with light and toys. Many of these children are taken in adoption. The children on the adoption track are kept in a large house with several rooms turned into nurseries.


3. Shanti Nagar (City of Peace)

The year 1957 hosted the next venture of Mother Teresa. It was Shanti Nagar, a rescue home for those suffering from Hansen's disease, commonly known as leprosy. Medication, nursing, bandage and food were arranged for the diseased and were treated with much care. In 1958, The Gandhiji Prem Nivas Leprosy Center at Titagarh was opened which is a village within itself.

Here former patients provide service to the inmates by weaving cloths for the Missionaries of charity and also help in making sandals and soft cushions for the disabled and diseased.

Death of Mother Teresa

In 1983, Mother had the first heart attack during her visit to Rome to meet Pope John Paul II. Afterwards she suffered from health problems repeatedly which was a sign of her decline. Still she continued as the head of the order on account of the votes she got. On 13 March 1997, she descended the head of Missionaries of Charity. She died on 5 September 1997.

Considering the miracles associated with her life, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and was awarded the title "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta" after her death. She was chosen by god to be the faithful servant for him in setting up the Missionaries of Charity to eradicate poverty. Teresa never broke her faith in this mission and her efforts got fruits both nationally and internationally.

Work without love is slavery

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person

If you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one

A life not lived for others is not a life

Live simply so others may simply live

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless

Peace begins with a smile

— Mother Teresa


If each one of us could adopt what Mother said, how beautiful our earth would have been!!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Eiddwen,

      Yes, Mother Teresa really had a heart larger than life. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub on this larger than life lady with a heart also larger than life.

      Thanks for sharing this great hub with us,.

      Eddy.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi IntegrityYes,

      Thanks for the great comment. I 'm glad that this article made you emotional. Take care and have a nice day!!

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      Mother Teresa helped so many people. We really miss her. That is great,Radhikasree. It is an extremely powerful article. It is emotional too. I will never forget her or Gandhi.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks dinkan53 for your engaging comment. Mother Teresa showed the world what compassion is and how it should be exhibited. Thanks for the vote and share.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks carriethomson for stopping by. Mother Theresa had such a bold and generous mind that never distracted her faith in the charity work. She's the angel for the poor entrusted by God.

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      carriethomson 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Mother Teresa was a person who had qualities of beyond human being....she was very near to God and her deeds attach more to God.................She was a real angel as all girl want to become.........

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      dinkan53 4 years ago from India

      Mother Teresa has devorted her life to help thousands and thousands of poor people and was an excellent example of humanity. She said that - In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love. Thanks nfor sharing this great article. Up and shared!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thank you so much phoenix2327!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Truly she was an angel from above and a lesson to us all. Wonderful hub. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks aviannovice for voting this up and commenting.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks yssubramanyam for the appreciation. Mother Teresa is the messenger of God, she would be known by each and every element of this planet.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted up and awesome. A lovely story on a woman that I really knew very little about. Thanks for your great efforts!

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      yssubramanyam 4 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

      you did a great contribution. whole planet knows her. yet your articulation is like fragrance of a flower. i expect more and more from you.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks thumbi for stopping by and leaving a comment. Thanks for sharing too.

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Heard a lot about Mother Teresa before.

      Was happy to read more details here

      Thanks for sharing

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Mother Teresa's quotes always remind me of the kind of life we should live and lead. I'm glad that I could at least write about her, even if I could not be like her. Thanks dee aka nonna for the wonderful comment and votes.

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      Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

      Mother Theresa is one of my favorite people. We lost a wonderful pure soul when we lost her. The quotes you listed are wonderful and a couple of them I have on little plaques in my office..."peace begins with a smile" is my favorite, but I also love "live simply so others may simply live" and, "if you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one."

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks wewillmake for adding to the discussion. Mother Teresa was not only the Mother of India, but also the Mother of the entire humans of this world. All her noble deeds were irrespective of the religion and caste.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Olde Cashmere for rating this hub as beautiful. Mother Teresa was the messenger of God who never distracted from her mission. Your comment added beauty to this work.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks amymarie_5 for stopping by and leaving a comment. Really, people with such an immaculate heart only can make this world beautiful.

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      wewillmake 4 years ago from kerala-INDIA

      She is the mother of India.With her life mother Teresa shown the world how a mother should be.. Nice article radhika..

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Vegas Elias for the great comment. This is Mother's quote and not that of mine. I've not done any noble deed as Mother did. Thanks for the encouraging words and votes.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      mollymeadows, Mother was a supernatural human being who took the commands of the God of humanity to heart. Thanks for commenting.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi jainismus, thanks for the nice compliment. I'm off to see those stamps right now.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Yes, Lady_E Mother Teresa had great spirit for doing good virtues. Thanks for the comment.

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Beautifully written hub on one of the most cherished human beings this world has ever seen. Her message of love and to care for others is a message that needs to always be in the spotlight. Great work. Voted up, beautiful, interesting, and awesome (:

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      amymarie_5 4 years ago from Chicago IL

      Mother Teresa was an inspiration. We need more like her in this world. This is a lovely tribue.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Peggy for the encouragement. Mother Teresa was the missionary of god and she used to say "if you want to see god, serve the poor". I could just write on whatever she did, but could not do even a small bit of it.

      I'm glad that you rated this hub to the extreme high and thanks for SHARING it.

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      Francis Ambrose Viegas 4 years ago from Mumbai

      A noble deed Radhikasree. I did not know much about Mother Teresa. Thanks for this hub.

      You are right indeed if we cannot feed a hundred we can definitely feed one.

      Keep writing. After finishing this comment I will vote you up for this hub.

      Great job.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Radhikasree, thank you for this glimpse into the life of an extraordinary woman. She took Jesus' commands to heart.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Hub. Thank you for sharing the information about this great mother.

      Many countries have issued postal stamps on Mother Teresa. You would like to see some of the stamps. Please visit: https://hubpages.com/games-hobbies/Mother-Teresa-S...

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      A woman with an awesome, beautiful spirit.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Mother Teresa was surely an angel like person while on this earth and is now beatified as a saint. She was truly a humanitarian with a big heart. I think that many or most people have heard of her, but I was happy to read more about her background via your hub. The world would surely be a better place if more people followed the example set by Mother Teresa.

      Voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and happy to be SHARING this. Thanks for your part in raising awareness of the kind deeds performed by this saintly woman.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi anu, you can write about her in another style. Doesn't matter if one has presented the same already. Mother was indeed a great woman whose service was selfless.

      Thanks for the nice comment. But you've to tolerate it........LOL.

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      Anoop Aravind A 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Today I just read about her. I was eager to write about her. You did it. My hearty congrats. She was a great woman.

      My salutation towards her.

      Your poems is pretty good. Keep on writing. But I can't tolerate overtaking me... :) :) :D

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