Mother Teresa | Braves by their Broken Hearts

Lost her father, when she was just eight years old.. during her early years she was fascinated by stories of the lives of missionaries and their services... by age 12, she was convinced that she should commit herself to religious life.... what made this innocent girl to choose to be the mother of whole world?


Mother Teresa | Biography and Brave moments...

  • Teresa left home at age 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, Ireland, to learn English with the view of becoming a missionary..
  • She never saw her mother or her sister again after her 19th Birthday...
  • Although Teresa enjoyed teaching at the school, she was deeply disturbed by the poverty surrounding her in Calcutta, India...
  • She began missionary work with the poor in 1948, wearing a simple, white cotton sari with a blue border.
  • She founded a school in Motijhil, Kolkata, before she began tending to the poor and hungry.
  • Teresa wrote in her diary that her first year was fraught with difficulty. With no income, she begged for food and supplies and experienced doubt, loneliness and the temptation to return to the comfort of convent life...
  • By 1997 she had raised more than 4,000 sisters who managed orphanages..
  • Teresa said, "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.".

  • In 1982, at the height of the Siege of Beirut, Teresa rescued 37 children trapped in a front-line hospital by brokering a temporary cease-fire between the Israeli army and Palestinian guerrillas. Accompanied by Red Cross workers, she travelled through the war zone to the hospital to evacuate the young patients.
  • Teresa travelled to assist the hungry in Ethiopia, radiation victims at Chernobyl and earthquake victims in Armenia. In 1991 she returned to Albania for the first time, opening a Missionaries of Charity Brothers home in Tirana.
  • By 1996, Teresa operated 517 missions in over 100 countries. Her Missionaries of Charity grew from twelve to thousands, serving the "poorest of the poor" in 450 centres worldwide...
  • Teresa was first recognised by the Indian government more than a third of a century earlier, receiving the Padma Shri in 1962 and the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1969. She later received other Indian awards, including the Bharat Ratna (India's highest civilian award) in 1980.
  • "Today, I learned a good lesson. The poverty of the poor must be so hard for them. While looking for a home I walked and walked till my arms and legs ached. I thought how much they must ache in body and soul, looking for a home, food and health." - Mother Teresa

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