We Rejoice on Mother Teresa’s Birth Anniversary
Today, on this auspicious day, we celebrate the humanitarian Mother Teresa’s birthday. She is a soul to remember, who had true love and compassion for the poor. Her entire life was dedicated to ensuring that the needy were taken cared for. The human touch in her made the poor feel that they had somebody that they could rely on and seek solace.
Mother Teresa was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in what is now known as Skopje, Macedonia. Of course she wrote her birthday as August 27th, as that was the day she was baptized. She gave more importance to her baptism than her birth.
Mother Theresa dedicated her life to uplifting the downtrodden and orphans. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
In 1928, she became a member of a religious order and took the name of Teresa. This order sent her on a mission to India. Subsequently, she began teaching in Calcutta, and in 1948 the Catholic Church granted her permission to leave the convent and work for the poor in the city. In 1950, she set up a religious order in Calcutta known as Missionaries of Charity. This order provides food for those in need of it and also ran hospitals, orphanages, schools, shelters, youth centers and the poor, who are on the verge of death. The organization has branches in several Indian cities and countries as well.
Mother Teresa is also the recipient of several other awards for her dedicated work in improving the conditions of the poor. These include Pope John XXIII Peace Prize, as well as the prestigious Indian award, Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1972.
It is but natural for Calcutta and whole of India to commemorate this occasion. The country will to continue to cherish her contributions towards making the Indian society a society of empathy and concern for the neglected poor.