adjective: concerned with or seeking to promote human welfare
Happy First Day of Fall! The Autumnal Equinox, a day of half light – half darkness. Ahhh, I love this time of year. I was married in the fall, my oldest and youngest were born in the fall, and there’s really good holidays in the fall. Who better to remember at this time but Mother Teresa? May her message of small deeds with great love carry us all on gentle breezes and bury us in heaps of golden colored leaves, laughing joyfully. What an inspiration…Enjoy!
Anjeze, or Agnes, was born August 26, 1910 in Macedonia to Albania parents. She was convinced she was to live a religious life from before the age of twelve. Agnes joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland at eighteen. At twenty-one she traveled to India as a teacher and took her vows as a nun. There she took the name “Teresa” after Saint Therese of Lisieux, patron saint of missionaries.
“Mother” Teresa, as she was called, was very popular in her time and was thought of as an icon. However, working in the poorest regions of India she is best known for saving souls, over saving lives. At only five feet tall she was quite controversial. She insisted that suffering was a “gift of God” and was absolutely opposed to abortion for any reason. Teresa was fluent in five languages.
She established The Missionaries of Charity in the slums of Calcutta in 1950. Today it is one of the world’s most charitable foundations in more than one-hundred thirty countries with over a million volunteer workers. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She died in 1997 in Calcutta India.
The name Agnes means pure, chaste. The name Teresa is Greek for harvester.
Her feast day is the day she died, September 5.
“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”