Teresa Of Calcutta

Teresa of Calcutta: A Saint of our Time <title></p> <h1> The Life of Mother Teresa: An Embodiment of Compassion and Selflessness </h1> <p>Anecdotally, it was once said that when someone asked <strong>Teresa of Calcutta</strong> how they could make a difference in the world, her response was, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one." This simple yet profound statement is emblematic of the life she lived and the love she had for the needy. Teresa's work was her prayer, her joy, and her service to Christ. </p> <div id="ez-toc-container" class="ez-toc-v2_0_65 counter-hierarchy ez-toc-counter ez-toc-light-blue ez-toc-container-direction"> <div class="ez-toc-title-container"> <p class="ez-toc-title " >Table of Contents</p> <span class="ez-toc-title-toggle"><a href="#" class="ez-toc-pull-right ez-toc-btn ez-toc-btn-xs ez-toc-btn-default ez-toc-toggle" aria-label="Toggle Table of Content"><span class="ez-toc-js-icon-con"><span class=""><span class="eztoc-hide" style="display:none;">Toggle</span><span class="ez-toc-icon-toggle-span"><svg style="fill: #999;color:#999" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" class="list-377408" width="20px" height="20px" viewBox="0 0 24 24" fill="none"><path d="M6 6H4v2h2V6zm14 0H8v2h12V6zM4 11h2v2H4v-2zm16 0H8v2h12v-2zM4 16h2v2H4v-2zm16 0H8v2h12v-2z" fill="currentColor"></path></svg><svg style="fill: #999;color:#999" class="arrow-unsorted-368013" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="10px" 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href="#The_Widespread_Impact_of_Teresas_Work" title=" The Widespread Impact of Teresa’s Work "> The Widespread Impact of Teresa’s Work </a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-3'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-4" href="#Recognition_and_Canonization" title=" Recognition and Canonization "> Recognition and Canonization </a></li></ul></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-2'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-5" href="#Lessons_from_the_Life_of_Teresa_of_Calcutta" title=" Lessons from the Life of Teresa of Calcutta "> Lessons from the Life of Teresa of Calcutta </a><ul class='ez-toc-list-level-3' ><li class='ez-toc-heading-level-3'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-6" href="#Living_Faith_through_Service" title=" Living Faith through Service "> Living Faith through Service </a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-3'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-7" href="#Love_and_Compassion_as_Universal_Virtues" title=" Love and Compassion as Universal Virtues "> Love and Compassion as Universal Virtues </a></li></ul></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-2'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-8" href="#A_Prayer_for_Intercession" title=" A Prayer for Intercession "> A Prayer for Intercession </a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-2'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-9" href="#Walking_in_Teresas_Footsteps" title=" Walking in Teresa’s Footsteps "> Walking in Teresa’s Footsteps </a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-2'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-10" href="#Americas_Welcome_to_Mother_Teresa_June_1986" title="America’s Welcome to Mother Teresa June 1986">America’s Welcome to Mother Teresa June 1986</a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-2'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-11" href="#Alessandro_Barbero_%E2%80%93_Federico_il_Grande_%E2%80%93_senza_musiche" title="Alessandro Barbero – Federico il Grande – senza musiche">Alessandro Barbero – Federico il Grande – senza musiche</a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-2'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-12" href="#President_Reagan_Presenting_the_Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom_to_Mother_Teresa_on_June_20_1985" title="President Reagan Presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mother Teresa on June 20, 1985">President Reagan Presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mother Teresa on June 20, 1985</a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-2'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-13" href="#Why_did_St_Teresa_of_Calcutta_became_a_saint" title="Why did St Teresa of Calcutta became a saint?">Why did St Teresa of Calcutta became a saint?</a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-2'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-14" href="#What_happened_to_Saint_Teresa_of_Calcutta" title="What happened to Saint Teresa of Calcutta?">What happened to Saint Teresa of Calcutta?</a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-2'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-15" href="#What_are_three_facts_about_St_Teresa_of_Calcutta" title="What are three facts about St Teresa of Calcutta?">What are three facts about St Teresa of Calcutta?</a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-2'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-16" href="#How_old_was_Saint_Teresa_of_Calcutta_when_she_died" title="How old was Saint Teresa of Calcutta when she died?">How old was Saint Teresa of Calcutta when she died?</a><ul class='ez-toc-list-level-3' ><li class='ez-toc-heading-level-3'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-17" href="#What_are_the_significant_contributions_of_Teresa_of_Calcutta_to_the_Catholic_Church_and_its_followers" title=" What are the significant contributions of Teresa of Calcutta to the Catholic Church and its followers? "> What are the significant contributions of Teresa of Calcutta to the Catholic Church and its followers? </a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-3'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-18" href="#How_did_Teresa_of_Calcutta_exemplify_a_life_of_holiness_as_expected_of_a_Catholic_saint" title=" How did Teresa of Calcutta exemplify a life of holiness, as expected of a Catholic saint? "> How did Teresa of Calcutta exemplify a life of holiness, as expected of a Catholic saint? </a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-3'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-19" href="#What_miracles_are_attributed_to_Teresa_of_Calcutta_leading_to_her_canonization_in_the_Catholic_Church" title=" What miracles are attributed to Teresa of Calcutta leading to her canonization in the Catholic Church? "> What miracles are attributed to Teresa of Calcutta leading to her canonization in the Catholic Church? </a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-3'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-20" href="#Can_you_provide_an_overview_of_Teresa_of_Calcuttas_formative_years_and_how_it_shaped_her_path_towards_sainthood" title=" Can you provide an overview of Teresa of Calcutta’s formative years and how it shaped her path towards sainthood? "> Can you provide an overview of Teresa of Calcutta’s formative years and how it shaped her path towards sainthood? </a></li><li class='ez-toc-page-1 ez-toc-heading-level-3'><a class="ez-toc-link ez-toc-heading-21" href="#How_has_Teresa_of_Calcutta_influenced_modern_Catholic_thoughts_and_practices" title=" How has Teresa of Calcutta influenced modern Catholic thoughts and practices?"> How has Teresa of Calcutta influenced modern Catholic thoughts and practices?</a></li></ul></li></ul></nav></div> <h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="An_Ordinary_Start_to_an_Extraordinary_Life"></span> An Ordinary Start to an Extraordinary Life <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2> <p>Teresa of Calcutta, originally known as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was born on August 26, 1910. She started her religious life at a young age and decided to dedicate her life to God. At the age of eighteen, she left her home in Albania and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland. Her journey eventually led her to India, where she committed herself to aiding the impoverished and those deemed untouchable by the societal standards of the time.</p> <blockquote><p>“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.” - Teresa of Calcutta. </p></blockquote> <h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Serving_Christ_in_the_Poorest_of_the_Poor"></span> Serving Christ in the Poorest of the Poor <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2> <p>In 1948, she received permission from the Vatican to start her order, "The Missionaries of Charity," which aimed to serve the poorest of the poor. This came after she experienced "the call within the call," a divine experience where she felt a strong inner prompting to spend her life caring for the destitute. <strong>Teresa of Calcutta</strong> saw Christ in every individual, no matter their religion, caste, or background.</p> <h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="The_Widespread_Impact_of_Teresas_Work"></span> The Widespread Impact of Teresa’s Work <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3> <p>Teresa's work was not confined to India alone. Under her stewardship, the Missionaries of Charity expanded to countries across the globe. From soup kitchens to orphanages, hospices to homes for the mentally ill, Teresa and her sisters brought hope to those who had none.</p> <h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Recognition_and_Canonization"></span> Recognition and Canonization <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3> <p>Throughout her lifetime, Teresa received numerous awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work in bringing help to suffering humanity. However, she modestly redirected all recognition towards God, ever continuing her mission with profound humility.</p> <p>Upon her death on September 5, 1997, Pope John Paul II waived the usual five-year waiting period to begin the process of canonization. On September 4, 2016, she was officially declared a saint by Pope Francis in a ceremony at Saint Peter's Square.</p> <blockquote><p>“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” - Teresa of Calcutta. </p></blockquote> <h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Lessons_from_the_Life_of_Teresa_of_Calcutta"></span> Lessons from the Life of Teresa of Calcutta <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2> <p>The story of <strong>Teresa of Calcutta</strong> offers invaluable lessons to all believers. Her life was a testament to the power of small acts of charity and the transformative impact of love and compassion.</p> <h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Living_Faith_through_Service"></span> Living Faith through Service <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3> <p>Teresa's faith was not merely expressed through prayer, but manifested in her actions. Her life teaches us the essence of Matthew 25:40, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." </p> <h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Love_and_Compassion_as_Universal_Virtues"></span> Love and Compassion as Universal Virtues <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3> <p>Teresa's kindness was not limited by boundaries of religion or ethnicity. She served all, embodying Christ's teachings, and reminding us of the universality of love and compassion.</p> <h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="A_Prayer_for_Intercession"></span> A Prayer for Intercession <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2> <p>Let us pray,</p> <blockquote><p>Dear Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you who dedicated your life to loving and serving the poorest among us, inspire us with your humility, courage, and unconditional love. Help us to see Christ in the faces of those we encounter daily. Intercede for us, so we may find the strength to carry out small acts of love with great devotion. We ask all this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. </p></blockquote> <p>Invoking the intercession of <strong>Teresa of Calcutta</strong>, let each of us strive to make a positive change in our world, however small, in our own ways. </p> <h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Walking_in_Teresas_Footsteps"></span> Walking in Teresa’s Footsteps <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2> <p>The life and legacy of <strong>Teresa of Calcutta</strong> is a beacon of hope and a testament to the immense power of love and selflessness. Despite the challenges and hardships, she remained unwavering in her faith and commitment. Let us take inspiration from her life to spread love and kindness in our own spheres of influence, serving the Christ in everyone, thus truly living the Gospel values.</p> <h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Americas_Welcome_to_Mother_Teresa_June_1986"></span>America’s Welcome to Mother Teresa June 1986<span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2> <p><div class="arve" data-mode="normal" data-provider="youtube" id="arve-youtube-0diqrp9obwy6621830e6e2fb860505567"> <span class="arve-inner"> <span class="arve-embed arve-embed--has-aspect-ratio"> <span class="arve-ar" style="padding-top:56.250000%"></span><div class="perfmatters-lazy-youtube" data-src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/0diqRP9obWY" data-id="0diqRP9obWY" data-query="iv_load_policy=3&modestbranding=1&rel=0&autohide=1&playsinline=0&autoplay=0" onclick="perfmattersLazyLoadYouTube(this);"><div><img src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg%20xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg'%20width='480'%20height='360'%20viewBox='0%200%20480%20360'%3E%3C/svg%3E" alt="YouTube video" width="480" height="360" data-pin-nopin="true" nopin="nopin" class="perfmatters-lazy" data-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/0diqRP9obWY/hqdefault.jpg" /><noscript><img src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/0diqRP9obWY/hqdefault.jpg" alt="YouTube video" width="480" height="360" data-pin-nopin="true" nopin="nopin"></noscript><div class="play"></div></div></div><noscript><iframe allow="accelerometer; 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She was canonized by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016.</p> <p><strong>Two miracles attributed to her intercession</strong>, a requirement for sainthood in the Catholic Church, were formally recognized by the Vatican. The first involved an Indian woman, Monica Besra, whose abdominal tumor was claimed to be cured after she prayed to Mother Teresa. This miracle formed the basis for her beatification in 2003. The second miracle was the inexplicable recovery of a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumors, leading to her canonization in 2016.</p> <div style="clear:both; margin-top:0em; margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="https://catholicsaints.day/angilbert/" target="_blank" rel="dofollow" class="ucd6dceb23e6d9a94be1f52a1976da539"><!-- INLINE RELATED POSTS 1/2 //--><style> .ucd6dceb23e6d9a94be1f52a1976da539 { padding:0px; margin: 0; padding-top:1em!important; padding-bottom:1em!important; width:100%; display: block; font-weight:bold; background-color:#eaeaea; border:0!important; border-left:4px solid #34495E!important; box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -o-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); text-decoration:none; } .ucd6dceb23e6d9a94be1f52a1976da539:active, .ucd6dceb23e6d9a94be1f52a1976da539:hover { opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; text-decoration:none; } .ucd6dceb23e6d9a94be1f52a1976da539 { transition: background-color 250ms; webkit-transition: background-color 250ms; opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; } .ucd6dceb23e6d9a94be1f52a1976da539 .ctaText { font-weight:bold; color:#464646; text-decoration:none; font-size: 16px; } .ucd6dceb23e6d9a94be1f52a1976da539 .postTitle { color:#000000; text-decoration: underline!important; font-size: 16px; } .ucd6dceb23e6d9a94be1f52a1976da539:hover .postTitle { text-decoration: underline!important; } </style><div style="padding-left:1em; padding-right:1em;"><span class="ctaText">See also</span>  <span class="postTitle">Angilbert</span></div></a></div><p>Throughout her life, <strong>Mother Teresa demonstrated conspicuous devotion to the sick, the destitute, and the dying,</strong> founding the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation that runs hospices, orphanages, schools, leper houses and other facilities around the world. Her efforts show a faithful adherence to the teachings of Jesus Christ, specifically his command to love and serve the "least of these."</p> <p>Mother Teresa's life of virtuous action, prayer, and simplicity are instances of <strong>"heroic virtue,"</strong> another criterion for sainthood. Her determination, despite the hardships and criticisms she faced, is seen as an example of a martyr's strength. </p> <p>Her works of mercy and love, as well as her immense faith and trust in God, made her a model of Christian charity and won her numerous honors during her life, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.</p> <p>In summary, St. Teresa of Calcutta is recognized as a saint because of her extraordinary faith, her selfless service to the needy, her inspiring personal virtues, and the miraculous healings ascribed to her intercession.</p> </h2> <h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="What_happened_to_Saint_Teresa_of_Calcutta"></span>What happened to Saint Teresa of Calcutta?<span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2> <p><p><strong>Saint Teresa of Calcutta</strong>, commonly known as Mother Teresa, was an Albanian-born Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. After living in North Macedonia for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India where she lived the majority of her life. She was renowned for her charitable work with the poor, the sick, orphans, and dying people.</p> <p><strong>In 1950, she founded the Missionaries of Charity</strong>, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that has more than 4,500 nuns and is active in 133 countries as of 2012. The congregation manages homes for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's and family counseling programs; orphanages; and schools.</p> <p>Mother Teresa’s selfless dedication to the less fortunate earned her several international honours, including the <strong>Nobel Peace Prize</strong> in 1979. However, she faced criticism for her opposition to abortion and contraception and was accused of misusing charitable funds.</p> <p>She continued her work until her health began to decline. In 1983, during a visit to the Pope John Paul II, she suffered a heart attack. She survived another heart attack in 1989 and lived with a pacemaker. Her health problems continued to worsen, and she <strong>died on September 5, 1997</strong>.</p> <p>Mother Teresa was beatified (a recognition accorded by the Catholic Church of a deceased person's entrance into Heaven) by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003, <strong>which made her "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta"</strong>. She was <strong>canonized</strong> (declared a saint) by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016.</p> <p>Therefore, Saint Teresa of Calcutta's legacy continues to inspire millions around the world through her teachings and deeds of charity, love, and service to the less privileged.</p> </h2> <h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="What_are_three_facts_about_St_Teresa_of_Calcutta"></span>What are three facts about St Teresa of Calcutta?<span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2> <p><p>1. <strong>St. Teresa of Calcutta, often known as Mother Teresa</strong>, was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, North Macedonia as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She left her home at the age of 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin, Ireland, and then traveled to India where she lived most of her life.</p> <p>2. In 1950, she founded the <strong>Missionaries of Charity</strong>, a religious congregation dedicated to serving "the poorest of the poor." The organization has grown from a small order in Kolkata, India, to more than 4,500 sisters running orphanages, AIDS hospices, and charity centers worldwide.</p> <p>3. St. Teresa received numerous awards throughout her life for her humanitarian work, including the <strong>Nobel Peace Prize</strong> in 1979. Despite the worldwide recognition, she remained humble and dedicated to her calling until her death in 1997. She was canonized by Pope Francis as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in 2016. </p> </h2> <h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="How_old_was_Saint_Teresa_of_Calcutta_when_she_died"></span>How old was Saint Teresa of Calcutta when she died?<span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2> <p><p><strong>Saint Teresa of Calcutta</strong>, more commonly known as Mother Teresa, was <strong>87 years old</strong> when she died. She passed away on <strong>September 5, 1997</strong>.</p> </h2> <h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="What_are_the_significant_contributions_of_Teresa_of_Calcutta_to_the_Catholic_Church_and_its_followers"></span> What are the significant contributions of Teresa of Calcutta to the Catholic Church and its followers?<br /> <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3> <p><strong>Mother Teresa of Calcutta</strong> is known for her myriad of contributions not only to the Catholic Church, but also humanity at large.</p> <p>1. <strong>Charity and Compassion:</strong> Mother Teresa's most significant contribution and what she is widely recognized for, is her work with the poor and the sick, particularly in India. She gave up a comfortable lifestyle to live amongst these individuals, providing them with compassion, respect, and care. This inspired many to treat every individual with the same level of dignity, regardless of their socio-economic status.</p> <p>2. <strong>Founding of the Missionaries of Charity:</strong> In 1950, Mother Teresa established the "Missionaries of Charity", an international religious congregation dedicated to the service of the poorest of the poor. Today, this organization boasts over 4500 sisters carrying out charitable works in more than 130 countries, expanding her influence and humanitarian spirit worldwide.</p> <p>3. <strong>Promotion of Peace:</strong> Through her selfless acts of service, Mother Teresa promoted peace and unity. She embraced all people, regardless of their religion or ethnicity, and shared a message of love and peace that transcended borders, contributing to peaceful coexistence.</p> <p>4. <strong>Spiritual Impact:</strong> Mother Teresa's dedication and faith had a profound spiritual impact on many. Her unwavering devotion to God and His teachings inspired countless followers within the Catholic Church and beyond, reigniting faith in many individuals. </p> <p>5. <strong>Legacy:</strong> Lastly, Mother Teresa's life and works have left an enduring legacy of service, compassion, faith, and love. She continues to serve as an icon of charity and has been canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church, testifying to her significant role in shaping the Church's modern history.</p> <h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="How_did_Teresa_of_Calcutta_exemplify_a_life_of_holiness_as_expected_of_a_Catholic_saint"></span> How did Teresa of Calcutta exemplify a life of holiness, as expected of a Catholic saint?<br /> <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3> <p>Mother Teresa of Calcutta, canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta by the Roman Catholic Church, embodied a life of holiness through her dedication to serving the poorest of the poor and living a life of self-sacrifice and humility.</p> <p><strong>Service to the Poor:</strong> Foremost among her virtues was her extraordinary charity. Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which is active in 133 countries as of 2012. Their goal is to provide assistance to those in greatest need. This manifested in an array of services such as running hospices/schools for those with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, dispensaries and mobile clinics, children's and family counselling programs, orphanages and schools. Thus, she exemplified Christ's command to "love your neighbor as yourself" - even the most destitute and marginalized.</p> <p><strong>Humility and Self-Sacrifice:</strong> Another key aspect of Mother Teresa's life of holiness was her humility and self-sacrifice. She firmly believed in living a simple, humble life devoid of materialistic possessions. The Sisters of her congregation take vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor." She herself lived these vows fully, without expecting anything in return, mirroring the teachings of Jesus Christ on humility and selflessness.</p> <div style="clear:both; margin-top:0em; margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="https://catholicsaints.day/cainnech-of-aghaboe/" target="_blank" rel="dofollow" class="u78366ff568dccfd27cda7343eca31db9"><!-- INLINE RELATED POSTS 2/2 //--><style> .u78366ff568dccfd27cda7343eca31db9 { padding:0px; margin: 0; padding-top:1em!important; padding-bottom:1em!important; width:100%; display: block; font-weight:bold; background-color:#eaeaea; border:0!important; border-left:4px solid #34495E!important; box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -o-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); text-decoration:none; } .u78366ff568dccfd27cda7343eca31db9:active, .u78366ff568dccfd27cda7343eca31db9:hover { opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; text-decoration:none; } .u78366ff568dccfd27cda7343eca31db9 { transition: background-color 250ms; webkit-transition: background-color 250ms; opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; } .u78366ff568dccfd27cda7343eca31db9 .ctaText { font-weight:bold; color:#464646; text-decoration:none; font-size: 16px; } .u78366ff568dccfd27cda7343eca31db9 .postTitle { color:#000000; text-decoration: underline!important; font-size: 16px; } .u78366ff568dccfd27cda7343eca31db9:hover .postTitle { text-decoration: underline!important; } </style><div style="padding-left:1em; padding-right:1em;"><span class="ctaText">See also</span>  <span class="postTitle">Cainnech Of Aghaboe</span></div></a></div><p><strong>Love and Compassion:</strong> In addition to her concrete acts of service, Mother Teresa led a life of holiness through her immense love and compassion for all, regardless of their religion, race, or social status. She saw the face of God in every human being, treating everyone she met with kindness and dignity. Her words, "The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted" shows her profound understanding and empathy for human suffering.</p> <p><strong>Prayer and Faith:</strong> Central to Mother Teresa's life and work was her unshakeable faith in God. Even amidst the darkness and suffering she witnessed, she maintained her deep devotion, once saying, "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much." Her life was a testament to the power of faith and prayer, propelling her humanitarian work and guiding her in her mission.</p> <p>Overall, Mother Teresa’s exemplary life of holiness was reflected in her unwavering commitment to serving the poor, her deep humility and self-sacrifice, her boundless love and compassion, and her devout faith and reliance on prayer. She truly epitomized the values and virtues expected of a Catholic saint.</p> <h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="What_miracles_are_attributed_to_Teresa_of_Calcutta_leading_to_her_canonization_in_the_Catholic_Church"></span> What miracles are attributed to Teresa of Calcutta leading to her canonization in the Catholic Church?<br /> <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3> <p>Mother Teresa of Calcutta is credited with two miracles that led to her being canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church. </p> <p>The first miracle took place in 1998, in a remote village in West Bengal, India. A tribal woman named <strong>Monica Besra</strong> was suffering from an abdominal tumor and had been given just a few months to live by doctors. On September 5, a medallion blessed by Mother Teresa was placed on Besra's abdomen. The next morning, she woke up completely free of pain and medical examinations confirmed the disappearance of the tumor, which was deemed inexplicable by conventional medicine. This miracle was officially recognized by the Vatican in 2002.</p> <p>The second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa happened in 2008 and involved a man from Brazil named <strong>Marcilio Haddad Andrino</strong>. He had been suffering from a bacterial infection in the brain which caused severe brain abscesses and acute headaches. Despite surgical interventions, his condition only worsened. However, after continuously praying for Mother Teresa's intercession, Andrino reported that his symptoms suddenly ceased. Upon medical examination, doctors were astonished to find that his abscesses had disappeared. This miraculous event was recognized by Pope Francis as the final miracle needed for Mother Teresa’s canonization in 2015.</p> <p>These miracles are more than just a demonstration of divine intervention; they reflect the compassionate and caring values that Mother Teresa herself embodied every day of her life. Her canonization is not only a testament to her own faith and devotion but also serves as an enduring symbol of love and service to the poorest of the poor.</p> <h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Can_you_provide_an_overview_of_Teresa_of_Calcuttas_formative_years_and_how_it_shaped_her_path_towards_sainthood"></span> Can you provide an overview of Teresa of Calcutta’s formative years and how it shaped her path towards sainthood?<br /> <span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3> <p><strong>Teresa of Calcutta</strong>, worldly known as Mother Teresa, was born on August 26, 1910, as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, in present-day North Macedonia. Her formative years were instrumental in shaping her path toward sainthood.</p> <p>Agnes's childhood was marked by a deeply religious family environment. Her mother, Dranafile Bojaxhiu was a devout Catholic and instilled in Agnes a deep sense of faith and compassion for others. The death of Agnes's father when she was only eight years old further deepened her close relationship with her mother, who served as her primary source of spiritual guidance. </p> <p>Perhaps the most significant event of her early life was the day when Agnes, at the age of 12, felt what she described as <strong>a call from God</strong> to live a religious life dedicated to serving the poor and needy. Influenced by stories of missionaries, at 18 she decided to dedicate her life to religion, leaving home to join the Sisters of Loreto, a community of nuns with missions in India. </p> <p>As a novice, she chose the name Teresa, in honor of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and Saint Teresa of Ávila. After making her final vows, Sister Teresa was sent to Calcutta, where she taught at St. Mary's School for girls. However, the widespread poverty she witnessed outside the convent walls moved her profoundly, leading her to request permission to leave the convent and live among the poor.</p> <p>In 1948, the Vatican granted her permission, and thus began her mission, which would later establish her as one of the most recognized and respected figures in the Catholic church. In 1950, she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation dedicated to serving those in great need. </p> <p>Teresa's dedication to the service of the poor, sick, and dying earned her numerous accolades, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. After her death in 1997, her cause for beatification was swiftly opened. Following the recognition of two miracles attributed to her intercession, <strong>Teresa of Calcutta was canonized as a saint</strong> by Pope Francis in 2016. </p> <p>Thus, Teresa's formative years, marked by deep faith, a calling to serve, and a compassionate heart, were pivotal in shaping her journey toward sainthood.</p> <h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="How_has_Teresa_of_Calcutta_influenced_modern_Catholic_thoughts_and_practices"></span> How has Teresa of Calcutta influenced modern Catholic thoughts and practices?<span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3> <p><strong>Mother Teresa of Calcutta</strong> has left an indelible mark on modern Catholic thoughts and practices through her selfless service to the poor, the sick, the needy, and the disenfranchised. Her life, teachings, and works have deeply influenced how the church and its followers view and approach charity, compassion, humility, and service.</p> <p>One of the significant ways Mother Teresa has influenced modern Catholic thoughts is through her compelling example of <strong>radical love and compassion</strong>. She tirelessly worked in the slums of Calcutta, India, tending to those who were cast aside by society - the sick, the dying, the poor, and the homeless. This unyielding dedication to serving the marginalized has underscored the importance of practicing genuine, sacrificial love, as Jesus did.</p> <p>Mother Teresa's missionary work also brought a renewed focus on the Catholic Church's social doctrines, particularly the strong emphasis on human dignity and the preferential option for the poor. This concept, which prioritizes the wellbeing of the poor in moral decision-making, has been strongly highlighted in her ministry. </p> <p>Another significant contribution of Mother Teresa to Catholic practices is her role in promoting <strong>the idea of 'small things with great love'</strong>. She repeatedly emphasized that not everyone has to do big things to make a difference. This teaching has encouraged many Catholics worldwide to serve in their capacities and see value in even the smallest acts of kindness.</p> <p>Lastly, Mother Teresa's influence extends to the domain of faith and spirituality. Her honest disclosure of her spiritual struggles - what she referred to as "the dark night of the soul," – has enlightened many about the complexities of spiritual life. 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