Saint Teresa, better known as Mother Teresa unlocked a universe of kindness, grace and love with her absolute selfless social devotion. Today is 107th birth anniversary of Mother Teresa, let’s take a moment out of our busy lives and honour her kindness and altruism.

Most of us know about the Albanian Roman Catholic nun and missionary, who devoted her entire life for the wellbeing of poor and needy and for patients of the dreadful disease called leprosy in India. Born on August 26, 1910, in a devout Catholic family as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, in Skopje, Macedonia of Albania, people around her knew that she had a divine touch. She received her name – Mother Teresa, in Loreto Convent, Dublin, Ireland. Her eyes brimming with spirituality convinced everyone that she is a saint, and her devotion towards helping people in need made her the kindest of all.

She left her home at a mere age of 18-years for social work and she never turned back, but Mother Teresa was never short of love and compassion – she was the messenger of humanity. She received all the love and respect, especially from India – where she then spent her entire life, until her last breath – helping people in need. She had empathy towards poor and especially the patient of leprosy, who faced extreme humiliation from society. Most people dreaded to even talk about leprosy, yet Mother Teresa helped them with all her heart and love. And even today, the Sisters and Brothers of the Missionaries of Charity continue to touch, feed, treat and offer succour to them just as their founder had done in her days.

Mother Teresa, the epitome of selflessness was honoured with Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work in Missionaries of Charity and Bharat Ratna in 1980. She died on September 5, 1997, less than a month after her 86th birthday but her work still continues in Kolkata and have its branches across the world. She has planted the seed of humanity, love, kindness and compassion with her immense generosity. Her work has helped thousands of people and is still helping thousands in need, across the world.

I have come across criticism for Mother Teresa’s work, but to all those people who question her devotion towards kindness, I would like to ask that – how many times in your lives have you actually bend down to help a person in need? Someone you didn’t know at all, someone who is dreaded by a miserable disease? Someone who has nothing to give you in return? Have any of us ever offered succour to these unfortunate brethren? No, we haven’t. I have nothing else to say.

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