Who do you think was one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th Century? Google says that Martin Luther King Jr., Oskar Schindler, and Andrew Carnegie are toward the top of the list. One name that is always near the very top is Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa’s father died when she was only eight years old, and this caused Agnes (Mother Teresa’s birth name) to become very close to her mother. During this time, her mother opened up their home and began teaching Agnes what it meant to be charitable. In fact, her mother often said, “Never eat a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others.”
This charitable lifestyle took deep root with Agnes. By the age of 12, she was being called to dedicate her entire life to Christ, and by the age of 18, she became a nun and took the name Sister Mary Teresa. A year later, Sister Mary Teresa traveled to India and began her work in Calcutta as a teacher, as well as providing for the poor. It was in Calcutta that she dedicated her work to charity, and the title Mother was given to Sister Teresa. Mother Teresa was often heard praying, “Give me the strength to be ever the light of their lives, so that I may lead them at last to You.”
Mother Teresa was known for helping the poorest of the poor. Her legacy included caring for those who were orphans, those who needed medical assistance, those who were homeless and hungry, and also, those who were dying.
We are not Agnes. God has only created one person like her. However, the Lord has created all of us in His image, so how are we serving the Lord today?
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