Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”
Mother Teresa was born on August 27, 1910 and trained to become a nun starting at age 18. After finishing her training, she took her vows and became Sister Teresa. From 1931 to 1948, she taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta, becoming Mother Teresa in 1937 after taking her Final Procession of Vows. However, her life changed when she was on a train ride to her annual retreat in 1946. During the ride, Mother Teresa said she received a calling from God to "serve him among the poorest of the poor."
With permission from the Catholic Church, Mother Teresa began her own order, The Missionaries of Charity, to serve the poorest people in Calcutta. At first, she taught school in the street. Eventually, she opened shelters to help the dying, lepers and orphans. In 1979, Mother Teresa was given the Nobel Peace Prize. When she received the Nobel Prize, she was dressed in the same trademark sari she wore in the streets and convinced the committee to cancel a dinner in her honor, using the money instead to "feed 400 poor children for a year in India." Her description of the mission of The Missionaries of Charity when accepting the peace prize was: "to care for the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone."
Mother Teresa passed away on September 5, 1997 after a lifetime of service and love to the "poorest of the poor."
Compassion. Pass It On!
This billboard about compassion features Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India.
what a person
ram 10 months ago from but
I always looked up to Mother Teresa. She is a inspiration to us all.
Teresa Sanchez 11 months ago from Wahpeton, N.D
I am happy to see Mother Teresa in picture today after I had seen her in flesh and worked with her in the Mother's House in Calcutta. She was a great human with unflinching love for the humanity. Even during the peak of my scientific career not a day passed thinking of her and the yeomen services she rendered for the cause of the humanity. Love you Mother
Dr. Ramesh 12 months ago from Charlotte, NC
aaaayyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REPRESENT SHE WAS BORN IN MACEDONIA!!!!!!!!! :)
kristina about 1 year ago from class
Mother Teresa was one the most inspiring woman in the world. She lived, expressed, and do what she believed. I wish her inspiring messages will continue ruling the world.
Sam Hriemate over 1 year ago from Gr Noida, India
That is true.
Jake over 1 year ago from South Dakota
I think she was an amazing woman, and I wish she was still alive.
Pam J. over 1 year ago from Dewitt
I still love her for helping everyone she did!
THANKS YOU MOTHER TERESA!
micheal over 1 year ago from parking lot
I think that Mother Teresea did a very powerful thing. Only if there was still somebody like her now.
Courtney Thomas over 2 years ago from Indianapolis
What a wonderful, unselfish, humane woman she was!!
She should be nominated for sainthood.
Does anyone know how to start the process?
Sue K. almost 3 years ago from Ontario Canada
I honor you, because of the lifetime of despair, poverty, death and cruelty you witnessed, you were still able to believe in a loving God, and your beliefs never wavered. I wish I were more like you. To never question God when faced with such injustice is true Faith. A quality I lack, I wish you were her to teach me!
Thank you for making the world a better place in which to live.
Mike Everhart almost 3 years ago from Atlanta GA U.S.A.
I Love you Mother Teresa! I hope to live a life like you.
Santo over 3 years ago from India
AMAZING! I THINK SHE IS SOOOOOOO WONDERFUL!
DC over 3 years ago from FLORIDA
This is a wonderful thing.
Angel G. over 3 years ago from USA
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Philip S over 3 years ago from California
She is a wonderful person. Mother Teresa life is totally sacrificed for the poor people...
Naveen.jollu almost 4 years ago from india hyderabad
What a woman! Dedicated her life to helping others.
She is beyond sainthood. Now to continue her mission. Let's all jump in and be there for those in need-let's keep this legacy going.
Marie H. about 4 years ago from Bowerston, Ohio
I would like to have a soul just like her when I grow up.
Pam J. over 4 years ago from Philadelphia
She's my role model. Every time I read about what she did when she was alive, I feel like being like her. I almost cry while reading about her. And my question is where is the Mother Teresa of our own time?
Augustina O. over 4 years ago from Azare Bauchi, Nigeria
We are called to a life of service to Humanity, I reckon that's the basis for Love. We must all strive in our own little way to be like Mother Teresa, by doing little act of kindness and showing love, for in doing this little things that we really attain greatness.
Dele U. almost 5 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria
What an outstanding "educational" website. Over the past four months I was noticing the words "Leadership - pass it on" on a billboard. I finally looked up the website and WOW!!! This will mark my 14th year in education and I have yet to find anything on the internet as useful. GREAT JOB!! Thank you.
Jason H. almost 5 years ago from Fort Wayne, IN
Love, caring and compassion is what life is all about... and Mother Teresa lived it everyday with all her charity work!
Vidia C. about 5 years ago from Brewster, NY
What a classy lady!
Travis D. about 5 years ago from Oregon, AMERICA
Mother Teresa was a truly great person, she has cared for the world and has left the world all the hope to continue her mission in life.
She has taught me so much by me reading about her life, and i hope we all can help continue her mission.
Sarah C. over 5 years ago from Ontario, Ottawa
Mother Teresa is the greatest helper that ever existed in India. We have learned so much from her that we will follow her principles in life and whatever we can do, we will always do for others.
Karanm almost 6 years ago from Oakbrook Terrace, IL, USA
Compassion...to suffer...joyful participation in the sorrows of the world...Bhuddist's Proverb.
Nakhone K. over 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California USA
Compassion is such a deep word and Mother Teresa was pretty deep so I think it fits her well.
Krissy Y. over 6 years ago from Mcminnville, Oregon USA
Compassion is truly a very special quality that any person should have. It makes your life more caring and you learn the real meaning of life!
Abbie over 6 years ago from Oregon, USA
Mother Theresa is my idol. She IS the word LOVE.
Christine Q. over 6 years ago from Fresno, California USA
I am not Catholic, but I feel that Mother Teresa was a true saint and a role model for us all.
Melanie H. over 6 years ago from California, USA
This woman has seriously touched my heart. I will love her just as I will love my children.
Caleb M. over 6 years ago from McMinnville, Oregon USA
oh my, what a woman! Very inspiring.
Caleb M. over 6 years ago from McMinnville, Oregon USA
I love Mother Teresa, she did so much to help to others when NO ONE else would. Please everyone use her as an example, of what is right and what NEEDS to be done. May you be blessed Mother Teresa, just as you have blessed us.
Megan S. over 6 years ago from McMinnville, Oregon USA
This web site consists of very enlightening proverbs which should be read by all. I hope the precious thoughts of Mother Teresa reach every corner of the World.
Abhishek M. almost 7 years ago from India
One of my favorite qoutes from Mother Teresa is, "Kind words are simple and easy to speak yet they last forever" What an amazing role model to the world. I'm so glad I was named after her 51 years ago.
Tess T. almost 7 years ago from
lifting up the Passion..
Pratik A. almost 7 years ago from Kathmandu, Nepal
Compassion and such humility. In her own words, "I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much." Just seeing her face makes me trust in compassion.
Marie S. about 7 years ago from Fort Drum, NY
The greatest gift of all... compassion!
Robin M about 7 years ago from Washington, DC
I read every one of these and I cried - not for them but for myself. Today I become a better person.
Mike P about 7 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta
The life and services offered by Mother Teresa to humanity has taught me the lessons of living a life of love and compassion to those who are in need.
Rowland Y.G. about 7 years ago from Jos, Nigeria
I love it. It is truly a great gift to possess true charity and be compassionate.
PaolaF over 7 years ago from OCCHC