100 birthday…

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta —  Gonxhe Agnes Bojaxhiu was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopie (now the capital of Macedionia). She always considered August 27, the day she was baptize, to be her true birthday….

She used to say about herself:  “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. ”

Small of stature, rocklike in faith, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was entrusted with the mission of proclaiming God’s thirsting love for humanity, especially for the poorest of the poor. “God still loves the world and He sends you and me to be His love and His compassion to the poor.”     

At the age of eighteen, moved by a desire to become a missionary, Gonxha left her home to join the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland. There she received the name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Thér?se of Lisieux. In December, she departed for India, arriving in Calcutta on 6 January 1929.  On 24 May 1937, Sister Teresa made her Final Profession of Vows, becoming, as she said, the “spouse of Jesus” for “all eternity.” From that time on she was called Mother Teresa.

On 10 September 1946 Mother Teresa received her special call from God . He asked Mother Teresa to establish a religious community, Missionaries of Charity, dedicated to the service of the poorest of the poor…. On August 17, 1948, she dressed for the first time in a white, blue-bordered sari and passed through the gates of her beloved Loreto convent to enter the world of the poor. On 7 October 1950 the new congregation of the Missionaries of Charity was officially established in the Archdiocese of Calcutta.   By the early 1960s, Mother Teresa began to send her Sisters to other parts of India, in 1965 to Venezuela, and later Mother Teresa opened houses on all the continents.

“The whole of Mother Teresa’s life and labor bore witness to the joy of loving, the greatness and dignity of every human person, the value of little things done faithfully and with love, and the surpassing worth of friendship with God. But there was another heroic side of this great woman that was revealed only after her death. “

For the next four decades Mother Teresa worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor. Her love knew no bounds. Nor did her energy, as she crisscrossed the globe pleading for support and inviting others to see the face of Jesus in the poorest of the poor. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On September 5, 1997, God called her home.

On 20 December 2002 John Paul II he approved the decrees of her heroic virtues and miracles. The beatification of Mother Teresa took place on 19 October 2003.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta – pray for us!

Please read more on the Vatican web page dedicated to Blessed Mother Teresa.