Mother Teresa was born Agnes Bojaxhiu to Nicolas and Rosa in Skopje, Yugoslavia on August 26, 1910. The Bojaxhiu family belonged to the Albanian minority living in Serbia, Yugoslavia. When she turned 18, she joined the Loreto nuns of Ireland, and was sent to Calcutta on January 6, 1929 to become a novitiate in the missions to India. Upon taking religious vows on May 24, 1931, she became Teresa. She received approval for her new religious order, the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity on October 7, 1950. She dedicated her life to caring for the poor of Calcutta, India. Her exceptional dedication to the poor was widely recognized, including the reception of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. One of her many visitors was Princess Diana of England. Mother Teresa died September 5, 1997. She received Beatification by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003. The following are a few sayings and a poem from Mother Teresa.
The very fact that God has placed a certain soul
in our way is a sign that
God wants us to do something for him or her.
It is not chance;
It has been planned by God.
We are bound by conscience to help him or her.
Once we take our eyes away
from ourselves, from our interests,
from our own rights, privileges, ambitions -
then our eyes will become clear
to see Jesus around us.
This version of “Do it Anyway” was found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s
Home for children in Calcutta. This version is credited to Mother Teresa.
DO IT ANYWAY
People are often unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and true enemies;
If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.
What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.