Teresa of Calcutta

She was know to the world as Mother Teresa.  She was a Roman Catholic nun who while born in Yugoslavia made her name in India.  At an early age the then Agnes, set her goals on serving God.  She subsequently joined a religious order and was sent to Ireland to train. The order in turn sent her to be a teacher in India.

It was as a teacher that she say the squalor and hopelessness on the streets.  In an important event, her life was changed.  She say an old man on the street, dying and too weak even to move his feet away from the rats gnawing them. She took him to a hospital, but he was refused treatment.  She stayed with him until he died, and made it her life’s mission, that no one she could help would ever die alone or unloved.

She say this as a “second calling” or a mission within a mission.  She said that God had made it clear to her, that she was to serve the “poorest of the poor.”  In fact she took literally the parable of the sheep and goats of  Matthew 25:31-46: “35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” She said that these super poor were in fact -“Jesus in disguise.”

She set about starting her own order, The Missionaries of Charity, and arranged to aid a half million families, open clinics for lepers, and centres for the dying.  Her mission to take care of “the least of my brethren,” is an example to all who are followers of Jesus.

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