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This is an early photo of the young lady who would become a champion of the poor around the world. Yes, this is of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and that is one of her many sayings.
She was born an Albanian in 1910 and the part of her name I can pronounce is Agnes. At the age of 18 she became a missionary with the Sisters of Loretto and was sent to Calcutta. She became a citizen of India. She was a teacher at St. Mary's School and eventually became its principal. But that's not where the story ends.
On a train ride going to her annual retreat, she heard a "call within a call" and her whole life changed. In 1948 she entered the world of the poor. She trained with the Medical Missionary Sisters and was assigned to the slums of Calcutta. This was a real challenge because these people were considered to be "untouchable" by Indian society. So for a woman who had been a school teacher for 20 years it was truly a miracle that she was even there, let alone drawn to serve the poor.
As her work expanded and the load kept increasing, she founded the Missionaries of Charity and saw a rapid growth in the number women wanting to do the work, so much so that she also founded groups where men could serve. Soon houses of charity sprang up around the world so that by her death in 1997 there were 4,000 sisters in 123 countries.
Her fame spread across the globe and she met with heads of state and received many awards. Here she is with Princess Diana so you can see what a tiny person she was.
Because of the many blessings she delivered to the poor and dying, there was an immediate rush to have her declared a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. That process continues to this day and in the future she may be canonized as St. Teresa of Calcutta.
What an amazing life for a little girl from Albania who just wanted to be a missionary!
Your investigative reporter~Jessica