People are often unreasonable and self-centered,
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives,
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you,
Be honesy anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous,
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten,
Do good anyway.
Give the world your best and it may never be enough,
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end it is between
You and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
– Mother Teresa
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|Religion||Christian (Roman Catholic)|
|Order||Sisters of Loreto
(1950 – 1997)
|Born||Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu
26 August 1910
|Died||5 September 1997 (aged 87)|
|Period in office||1950 – 1997|
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Albanian: [aˈɲɛs ˈɡɔɲdʒa bɔjaˈdʒiu]) and commonly known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), was an ethnic Albanian, Indian Roman Catholic nun. “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.” In late 2003, she was beatified, the third step toward possible sainthood. A second miracle credited to Mother Teresa is required before she can be recognized as a saint by the Catholic church.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. Members of the order must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give “Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor”. The Missionaries of Charity at the time of her death had 610 missions in 123 countries including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools.
For over 45 years, she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Her beatification by Pope John Paul II following her death gave her the title “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”.