Mother Theresa Essay

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“Intense love does not measure, it just gives.” These were Mother Teresa’s own words that her actions reflected. Her life was filled with immense giving and no want to receive anything in return. In 1931 St. Teresa took her initial vows as a nun at the age of 17. From 1931 to 1948 she taught in Calcutta at St. Mary’s High School. Her ambition to help others began to grow here as she dedicated herself to her students and their needs and became principal in 1944. St. Teresa wanted to do more though, so she sought to head out into the world to help all she could. In 1948 she received permission to leave the convent she was working at to help the poor and needy under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Calcutta. She started a school in the slums to teach poor children and learned basic medicine to help treat the sick. Former pupils of hers joined her in the caring of these people. This group would find men, women and children in the streets rejected by the hospitals, and rented a room to care for them otherwise they would be left to die on the streets they came from. In 1950 the Holy See allowed her to start her own order called “The Missionaries of Charity”. As this society grew in its charitable work (serving in 450 centers worldwide) and number (from 12 to thousands), it became an international Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI in 1965. Mother Teresa gained worldwide acclaim with her tireless efforts on behalf of world peace. Her work brought her numerous humanitarian awards, including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She insisted on a departure from the ceremonial banquet and asked that the funds, $6,000, be donated to the poor in Calcutta. This money would permit her to feed hundreds for a year. She also received the Medal of Freedom, which is the highest U.S. civilian award as well as India’s highest civilian

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