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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

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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."

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This billboard about Compassion features Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India.

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The Man
Anonymous

what a person
ram, but

I always looked up to Mother Teresa. She is a inspiration to us all.
Teresa Sanchez, 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 , Charlotte, NC

aaaayyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REPRESENT SHE WAS BORN IN MACEDONIA!!!!!!!!! :)
kristina, 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, Gr Noida, India

That is true.
Jake , South Dakota

I think she was an amazing woman, and I wish she was still alive.
Pam J., Dewitt

I still love her for helping everyone she did! THANKS YOU MOTHER TERESA!
micheal, parking lot

I think that Mother Teresea did a very powerful thing. Only if there was still somebody like her now.
Courtney Thomas, 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., 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, Atlanta GA U.S.A.

I Love you Mother Teresa! I hope to live a life like you.
Santo, India

AMAZING! I THINK SHE IS SOOOOOOO WONDERFUL!
DC, FLORIDA

This is a wonderful thing.
Angel G., 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, California

She is a wonderful person. Mother Teresa life is totally sacrificed for the poor people...
Naveen.jollu, 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., Bowerston, Ohio

I would like to have a soul just like her when I grow up.
Pam J., 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., Azare Bauchi, Nigeria

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