“It is not God who creates poverty, but we humans, because we do not share” (Mother Teresa)
Mother Teresa (real name Agnes) was born on August 26, 1910 in Hugoslavia. At the age of 12, she already felt that she was a nun. His mother was also an avid Catholic, but she was against Agnes becoming a nun. Agnes writes. “My parents raised us to love God, taught us prayer, and taught us to love our neighbors. It was a happy Catholic family.”
At the age of 18, Agnes decided to leave her family and become a nun. She strongly felt that what she had to do was work for the poor. When she told her mother about her determination, the Catholic mother foresaw an eternal farewell and continued to pray in the room for a long time, eventually accepting it.
On September 26, 1928, Agnes broke up with her family, but never met her mother and sister (the father had already died at this point) for the rest of her life. Only her brother met at the awards ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in December 1979, when she won the Nobel Peace Prize.
After passing through an Irish monastery, Agnes arrived in India in November 1928, and then headed to the Loret monastery in Darjeeling. She says “I wanted to be a missionary. I wanted to go out and tell people about the life of Christ.” In 1931, the monastic name became Teresa. When the training period was over, she was sent to St. Mary, a suburb of Calcutta, to teach geography and history, and from 1937 she spent a peaceful day as a principal.
A big turning point came to such Teresa. I think humans have a turning point, there were two major turning points in her life. The first time she decided to be a nun, and the second time she heard the voice of God.
On September 10, 1946, when Teresa was 36, she clearly heard God’s call on the train from Calcutta to Darjeeling. After that, she said that His voice echoed in her head while she meditated in Darjeeling. God commanded her to “throw away everything and leave the monastery, to serve the poorest of the poor.”
Following the call from God, she left Loretto’s monastery and began doing the work she was given! Because she was convinced that it was her mission given by God. This was the second “Calling”. Mother Teresa says, “The first sacrifice was to say goodbye to my mother. The second sacrifice was to leave the Loretto Monastery.”
After this, she learned nursing and how to handle medicines, and then started her slam activities in Calcutta. It is a service that brings people who fall down on the street and die, take good care of them, and have them die. Many people were taken care of here. In 1950 (at the age of 40), her students gathered as volunteers, and Teresa founded the religious order “Missionaries of Charity.” From around this time, it came to be called “Mother Teresa”.
Mother says. “First and foremost, I want people to feel that they aren’t the ones they don’t need. I want them to know that there are people who care about them and want them to be there. I want them to know that humans and God care about them, at least for the few hours they still have to live. These people are also children of God and are forgotten. No, I want them to know that there are still people who care and take care of them, and there are young people who devote themselves to serving. “
Jesus said like this. “You feed me when I’m hungry, drink when I’m thirsty, rent an inn when I’m a traveler, give me clothes when I’m naked, visit when I’m sick, when I’m in prison visited me. ” When the righteous people ask, “When did I do that?”, The king replies. “Assuredly, I say to you. Although you have, these my brethren, yet was the one of the smallest who is, you did to me” . (Matthew 25:40)
Seeing Jesus Christ among the poor, the oppressed, and the oppressed is one of the important teachings of Christianity. It means helping the poorest people as Christ himself.
Jesus may come to us in the form of a hungry person, a naked person, a lonely person, or a beggar on the street. Mother Teresa was able to continue working devotedly throughout her life because such “smallest ones” were, to her, Jesus Christ himself. That was the motive for her service.
Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, at the age of 87. It was a life that served God and people thoroughly. It was crucially important to follow God and God’s Word at the two turning points in her life.
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