C Times, 26 August 2017, Agartala
Long before she was canonised, people around Mother Teresa knew that she had a divine touch. Her eyes brimming with spirituality convinced everyone that she is a saint.
Born on August 26, 1910, in a devout Catholic family as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa earned her name in Loreto Convent, Dublin, Ireland.
She left her home at the age of 18 years to devote herself to helping destitute. The lady who never fell short of love and compassion spearheaded humanity across the world especially in India where she spent her life till her last breath.
She was empathetic towards people suffering from Leprosy as they were subjected to extreme humiliation from society and their families. The epitome of selflessness received Nobel Prize in 1979 for her work in Missionaries of Charity and Bharat Ratna in 1980.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of her birth, the government of India issued a special 5 coin (the amount of money Teresa had when she arrived in India) on 28 August, 2010, President Pratibha Patil said, “Clad in a white sari with a blue border, she and the sisters of Missionaries of Charity became a symbol to many – the aged, the destitute, the unemployed, the diseased, the terminally ill, and those abandoned by their families.”
In 2002, Vatican declared it as a miracle when a woman was cured of a stomach tumour with the blessings of Mother. Later in 2015, Pope Francis confirmed her second miracle in which a Brazilian was healed of multiple brain tumours in 2008, hence, in 2016 she was beatified.
Remembering Mother Teresa on her 107th birth anniversary, we have compiled few of her inspirational quotes that tell love is the only guiding light of our lives.
Mother Teresa changed the lives of thousands with her initiative to spend her life for the welfare of others. She taught people the importance of love and compassion and how it can change one’s life.