How Mother Teresa Changed the World Through Charity
To most people, she is a role model of charity, compassion, and selflessness. To the homeless and destitute, she is the beacon that gives hope to their desperate existence.
Dubbed as “The Living Saint,” Mother Teresa has, without a doubt, made a massive impact on many people’s lives. She inspired a lot of people and changed the world in her own way.
Her journey wasn’t easy, though. She was criticized and humiliated, but that didn’t deter her. She continued to devote her life to caring for the sick, poor, and disadvantaged. In the process, she challenged stereotypes, broke boundaries, and taught us the true essence of charity.
Leaving Behind a Life of Comfort
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia to parents of Albanian descent. Her family wasn’t wealthy, but they lived comfortably.
Her mother, who was a very pious woman, would often invite the city’s destitute to dine with them. This created a profound impression on young Agnes and introduced her to the concept of charity.
She entered the convent at eighteen and became a principal at a charity school in India years later. Though far from luxurious, her life as a school principal was comfortable. But God had a different plan for her.
While on a train going to a retreat, Mother Teresa found her true calling. Armed with basic medical training, strong faith, and a great desire to make a difference, Mother Teresa hit the streets of Calcutta. She’s got only one goal: to help “the unwanted, the unloved and the uncared for.”
Out in the streets, she experienced poverty firsthand. She saw the horrors that street dwellers have to face every single day.
She could have chosen to ignore her calling, but she didn’t. Her decision to exchange a life of comfort with that of poverty earned her the world’s admiration. This act of hers showed the world that material things won’t bring happiness as much as helping others.
A Genuine Desire to Serve The Poor
Many of us dreamed of changing the world, but only very few chose to act on it. And fewer still did it as bravely as this humble woman from Calcutta.
Her genuine desire to serve the poor is what propelled her to pursue this path. If you look at all her humanitarian efforts, her motivations are clear as day. She set up soup kitchens, a leper colony, orphanages, and a home for the dying destitute.
She treated the lepers, educated the poorest of the poor, and fed the homeless. She treated them like her family. All the criticisms and sly comments against her did nothing to extinguish the passion in her heart.
This selfless dedication flamed the fans of charitable awareness around the world. Many were inspired and joined Mother Teresa in her mission.
Aside from her passion for serving the poor, Mother Teresa also inspired us by showing what universal love means.
She didn’t care if someone was white, black, brown, yellow, young, old, male or female. In the summer of 1982, she even secretly went to Beirut, Lebanon. There she helped both Christian and Muslim children.
At a time when people with HIV/AIDS were looked down on, her universal love lifted them up. She set up Gift of Love, a home that cares for those infected with the disease.
She was even quoted saying:
“When you judge someone, you have no time to love them.”
Universal love became one of the core principles of The Missionaries of Charity, an organization she founded that now has members all over the world.
Help Us Help The Homeless
Like Mother Teresa, we believe that true fulfillment comes not from material things but in helping others.
Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen has been serving the homeless in South Florida for over 30 years. We provide them a hot meal in an environment free of prejudice and discrimination.
You can join our cause too! Donate cash online through our website or drop off food items at our place in Pompano Beach, Florida. We are especially in need of bottled water, food, coffee, milk, and men’s clothing. We welcome volunteers too. Contact us if you\’d like to give a hand.
About The Author
Franchette Agatha Jardin wants to spread to the world the ways on how to achieve a healthy life through giving and compassion. Her writing reflects her Christian upbringing and unique perspective.