Mother Teresa, Pure of Heart
One cannot help but be inspired by the spirit and pure love of mankind that radiates from the legacy of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Whether reading about her devout faith, her stories of helping the poor, or some of her wise and insightful quotations, the life of Mother Teresa truly serves as an inspiration to us as well.
As a child, Teresa Bojaxhiu felt a strong sense of dedication and love for others in her heart and soul. From the age of 12, she and her mother were known in their community for their charitable hearts, as they welcomed the needy and hungry into their home and fed them from their own dining table. At the age of 18 she joined a convent, where she became Sister Teresa. She learned English so that she could teach children that language. She spent twenty years teaching at a school house believing that education would help these young children break the cycle of poverty.
Years later, she established a new congregation called the Missionaries of Charity, with the permission of the Vatican. The new congregation’s mission was to care for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to society and are shunned by everyone.” In Calcutta, Mother Teresa opened the first free hospice for the poor, sick, destitute and the dying. She named it Kalighat, the Home of the Pure Heart (Nirmal Hriday).
This is the legacy of Mother Teresa. She had the spiritual courage to challenge us all to be more compassionate, more considerate, more aware of the suffering of others, and more loving to one another.
Visit Mother Teresa’s Everlasting Footprint to read more about the woman behind this pure heart.