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Mother Teresa

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Rachel McCann

on 25 February 2013

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By Rachel McCann Mother Teresa So what were her achievements? Because.. Why did you choose Teresathough? - You might ask...? She gave everything up, to try and prevent poverty, and at Loreto, we recognise this, and try to do the same. She followed Mary Wards Values, of Excellence, Sincerity, Freedom, Internationality, Justice, Truth, and Joy. These are what we aspire to live our lives like at Loreto, and Mother Teresa reached them, and went further. What has she done, to inspire people today? Mother Teresa! Basic Facts: She was born on the 26th of August, 1910, in Albania.
She died on the 5th of September, 1997.
When she was 18, she left home, to join the sisters of Loreto in Ireland.
She travelled to India, helping all the sick and homeless, and built a place where people could go to when they died, so that they were not on the streets when they passed away. But, why?
Why did she do all this charitable work? because... She was inspired by the founder of our Loreto community, Mary Ward. Any Questions? She embodied the values of God in the way she lived by caring for the poor, acknowledging and helping the homeless, not being interested in material possessions, and treating everyone as an equal. I think she is a truly inspirational person, and therefore is quite frankly, 'awesome'. Why did you choose Teresa though?
- You might ask...? She was a Catholic She was born into a reasonably wealthy family, owning 2 houses, but at the age of just 8, her father died, leaving them insecure. Even though, she lived to the age of 87, she never saw her mother or sister again after leaving Ireland. She became a full nun, in 1931, and chose the name Teresa after Saints Therese of Lisieux and Teresa of Avila. Her given name is Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. For 15 years, she taught history and geography for a private school in Calcutta, but was distressed at the amount of Poverty there was, going on around her. Why is she a good role model? Internationality Mother Teresa showed Internationality as she showed God's love to anybody who wanted it, no matter what their race or class was. She traveled all over the world, and helped those who needed it most. She also knew different languages, such as English and Albanian, so this could be called International. Excellence She showed Excellence because she is an excellent role model, and she is someone people should look up to and want to be like. She also gave excellent care to the people that came to her shelter to pass away who otherwise would be on the streets. Freedom Mother Teresa showed freedom because she didn't care about what other people thought about her actions, she just wanted to help. She had the freedom to choose to become a nun, and she didn't have to give up everything that she owned, but she did. Joy Mother Teresa showed joy in her actions because she rejoiced in life and recognised that even small actions could change peoples lives for the better. She could have gone back to her family because eventhough she loved them so dearly, she must have felt happy in what she was doing, or she would have gone back to her mum and sister. It took two years for her to be able to leave the convent, but when she did, she gave up everything she owned and went to live amongst those in poverty, and she even wore the simple clothes that the women did, living there. She only realised what God had really sent her down to earth for on a retreat that she went on, and she said this; “I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve him among the poorest of the poor." Mother Teresa helped... the homeless the crippled the blind the lepers the naked all those who feel unwanted the unloved people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone. the uncared for throughout society Sincerity Mother Teresa portrayed sincerity in her actions as she was genuine in all the work that she did, and was nice and loyal to anyone that needed her help. She was sincere and forgiving, which are very important characteristics. the hungry (A convent is the place where nuns live) One of her first projects was to to educate the poor children, living in the slums. She taught them literacy using sticks writing in the sand because there were no supplies. She went on to open a hospice for the poor, a home for sufferers of leprosy, and a home for orphans and homeless youths. She continued her work with the poor for the rest of her life, leading the Missionaries of Charity until just months before her death on September 5, 1997. The Catholic Church has begun to move Mother Teresa along the steps toward sainthood, and she was beatified in 2003. Her official title is now Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Truth Mother Teresa incorporated truth into her life as she was always truthful to the people she was helping, and never betrayed them by giving up. She was also true to her calling from God because she devoted her life to helping other people and carrying out God's wishes and doing everything he asked her to do. Justice Mother Teresa showed justice in her life because she treated everyone fairly, and with respect. In her eyes, everyone was equal, and therefore, she would help anyone who needed her, no matter their background, or race. Mother Teresa was honored with many awards throughout her life, from the Indian Padma Shri in 1962 to the inaugural Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971 to Albania’s Golden Honour of the Nation in 1994…and, most famously, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979! Mother Teresa helped... the hungry the hungry
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