Mother Teresa affected millions of people in her life, but how did her faith change her actions? She dedicated her life to serving the less fortunate. For her lifeâ€™s mission she received over a one hundred important awards including the â€œNobel Peace Prizeâ€ and the â€œOrder of Meritâ€ from Queen Elizabeth. During her life she donated her time to teaching in a high school, being a missionary and helping those who have trouble helping themselves. Her Christianity deeply changed her lifeâ€™s course, and hereâ€™s how.
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (later to be Mother Teresa) was born in 1910. In her childhood she attended prayers and directed herself in the worship of God. In her early teens she strongly felt God calling her. With help from her mother and a local priest she decided to carry out missionary work. From inside, she knew she had to spread the love of God.
At age 18 she made the tough decision to give up the chance to marry, and have children, to give up her worldly belongings and her family. She left her parents house to join an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. After training in Dublin she was sent to Calcutta to train further in one of the missions there. She became a nun in 1931 and from then on she was known as Sister Teresa, a name she chose after St. Teresa of Lisieux. From 1931 to 1948 she taught history and geography at St. Maryâ€™s High School in Calcutta. In 1948 the circumstance of the poor in Calcutta made such a deep impact on her that she quit her job to serve the impoverished. On May 24, 1937, eleven years before she quit teaching, she had completed her final vows, and had officially become Mother Teresa.
Volunteers and other forms of support came to help “The Missionaries of Charity.â€ The organization she started when she left St. Maryâ€™s. With more people and financial help, Mother Teresa was capable of extending the span of her work. Love, humanity and helping others selflessly were her reasons to live. She received worldwide recognition for everything she did to prevent poverty and create a better world. Even during severe health problems she continued to serve the poor.
On October 19, 2003, six years after she passed away, Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa. It took place in Rome and it marks the first step of her sainthood. Beatification is to proclaim (a deceased person) to be one of the blessed and thus worthy of public religious worship in a religious congregation. Her effect on the planet was so large that when she did it was said to be â€œa huge loss to humanity.â€ She was an amazing person and she took â€œbe the change you want to see in the worldâ€ to heart.