Valuesdefine what is appropriate and guide the behavior and activities ofhuman beings towards a particular course. never went tothe classroom to learn leadership and organizational skills. She isone such person that had a simple dream that significantlytransformed the world. Her dream and vision were providing love andcare for the poor of the poorest in the society (Hitchens, 2012). Shestarted with that vision and advanced a clear plan for making herdream come to reality.
MotherTeresa humble background did not prevent her from closing her arms tothe plights of the society. She was born in 1910 to a catholicrefugee, and when she was 19 she travelled to India with theobjective of joining the Sisters Loreto, which was a missionary orderof nuns. It was here that humane nature andconsciousness to the plights of the society was illuminated. Thoughmother Teresa did not have funds she stated an open air school inCalcutta for children who had no parents. joined handswith voluntary helpers to solicit for financial support fromdifferent church organization and local authorities (Hitchens, 2012).This financial support enabled her to expand her work ad in 1950 shestarted the ‘The Missionary of Charity’ whose main work was tocare for the poor in the society. Other Teresa spent all her fundsand financial resources in selflessly helping the poorest members inthe society.
Sherealized that the there were some very poor people in some of theIndian slums. In this regard, she created a Sister of Charity groupthat in one of India’s poorest slums named Calcutta. Under herdirection, the sister of charity ministry took care of the sick andhunger stricken civilians in the slum of Calcutta. Even though thistransformed her into a celebrity in the slum of Calcutta, she did notstop there. She used the newly gained international attention to givespeeches to bring the governments’ attention to the predicament ofthe underprivileged, around the globe (Mary, 2001).
Thoughbrought up in a humble background under deplorable conditions inAlbania, goodness, charity, kindness and selflessnessremain unmatched by any other person in the globe. In an economydriven by capitalism where personal interest supersedes societywelfare, her courage and willingness to help those that neededhumanitarian aid even when though she began a ministry with verylimited finical base, illustrate her unique status in the society(Mary, 2001). She showered food on everyone in Calcutta who came tothe mission’s premises.
In1952, she started a home for the dying called, Nirmal Hriday. On thevery first day of operation of the home of dying she picked a dyingwoman, half eaten by ants and rats, washed her and gave her food.This home provided medical assistance to the aged and the weak in thesociety who had no other person to turn to. She was also the founderof the home of babies, called Shishu Bhayan which offered care andsupport to children deserted by parents and who came from a familythat had no means of providing any meaningful support (Bose &Faust, 2011). In recognition of her work for humanity, Pope JohnXXIII awarded a peace price, while Indian leaderJawaharlal Nehru gave her the International Understanding award.
Herservice to mankind was also rewarded in 1979 when she received thenoble price award for the being the world biggest champion of thepoor and downtrodden. Hitherto, her work had made her a global figurebut she neither relented nor wavered in her conviction and zeal tohelp the needy and downtrodden in the society. She became friendswith leaders and presidents but chose to spend her time and moneywith the poor. travelled in many parts of the worldwhere she felt people needed love and care (Bose & Faust, 2011).For example, she travelled to war torn regions such as Beirut andfamine and drought ravaged states such as Ethiopia. didnot discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion and politicalideology. She served all members with equal measure of enthusiasm andgist.
MotherTeresa was conscious of the fact the India had an over overwhelmingnon-Christian populace, and as such she had to make a special path ofinteraction in order to reach out to everyone is the society thatneeded assistance. never wavered in her faith andidentified human faces no matter the origin or background to be theface of God. She always emphasized that her mission just like Jesuswas to help the helpless in the society (Mary, 2001). totally understood the plights of those she served and she reflectedin everything that she did: her simpleton attire, white sari withblue stripes and her bows of obedience, chastity and poverty. MotherTeresa lived on values and principles that she taught and thesepropelled her to support the expansion of the Missionaries of Charity(Bose & Faust, 2011). She always stressed that the greatestfulfillment is in doing the will of God.
MotherTeresa reached millions of poor people around the globe. Her workhelped the sick, the poor, the abandoned, the dying, the hungry andthose who had no one to love them. Even after her death the charityorganization she helped start continues to operate in more than 100states and with more than 5000 nuns. She was one of the mostrevolutionary persons in the 20th century.
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