Saint Teresa Shelby turner


Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu and her family

Agnes Bojaxhiu was born in 1910 to a religious family in Macedonia. She was raised by her mother with her brother and sister after her father died when she was eight years old. Her mother was a great influence to her when it came to acts of charity and love. At 18 Agnes left home and went to Ireland to train with nuns on how to be a missionary.



"Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely right there where you are — in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, just rejected by society — completely forgotten, completely left alone."


After being called by God, Mother Teresa began setting up small establishments that would expand greatly throughout the years. They included multiple schools, hospitals, hospices, orphanages, centers for the homeless, centers for lepers, and centers for those with HIV/AIDS.


Mother Teresa's work in hospices are a key part to showing her good morals. Even though she knew that the people she was helping with leprosy, AIDS, or other terminal health issues were going to die, instead of abandoning them, waiting on them to die, or helping those who have a chance at living, she devoted her time to them so that she could provide them a peaceful death and show them respect.

"A beautiful death is for people who lived like animals to die like angels- loved and wanted."

Serving the Unwanted

Mother Teresa lived like the people she was serving; impoverished. It was not until later in her life that she received efficient funds to support her works. She gave up basic necessities so that others, who had never had them, could be blessed. She gave the people she served more than food, clothing, or shelter; she gave them love. She did not belong the Catholic Church but belonged to the world: serving the poorest of the poor, from all religions, in conditions that we could not imagine just to show love.

"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go."
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