Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
Mother Teresa was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun, missionary, and humanitarian. She founded the Missions of Charity. She was dedicated to serving “the poorest of the poor”.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in 1910 in the Ottoman Empire. She was the youngest child in her family and her father died when she was eight years old. She was interested in the lives of missionaries and by twelve years old had decided to live a religious life. She left home in 1928 to join the Sisters of Loreto. She took her first vows in 1931 and adopted the name Teresa. She took her solemn vows in 1937. She was a teacher and then became headmistress at her convent’s school.
In 1950, she founded the Missionaries of Charity. By 2012, it consisted of over 4,500 sisters in 133 countries. She had decided to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. Her first years were difficult when she had no income and had to beg for food and supplies. It began with a small congregation and grew to helping many, from children to the disabled to the aging.
In 1953, she opened the first Home for the Dying. In 1955, she opened the Children’s Home for the Immaculate Heart. Recruits and charitable donations allowed for growth.
Mother Teresa suffered heart attacks and health ailments beginning in 1983. She stepped down from the head of Missionaries of Charity in March of 1997 and died in September of that year. Many religious and nonreligious mourned her death.
Mother Teresa has been recognized and awarded in India and the rest of the world. Various countries have awarded Mother Teresa with their highest honors for her work. Before her passing, in 1997, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. After her death she was given canonisation. Many memorials to her have been given. She has made a legacy and is remembered in popular culture as well.
While some controversies exist, including issues with her organization and her strong beliefs, Mother Teresa is remembered as a saint. She helped many people throughout the world and her work continues. Be inspired! Have a bright day!