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Mother Teresa was inclined to become a nun from an early age. She was given permission to join a group of nuns in Ireland at the age of 18. After a few months of training, with the Sisters of Loreto, she was then given permission to travel to India. She took her formal religious vows in 1931.
On her arrival in India, she worked as a teacher and later started a new order called “The Missionaries of Charity”. The primary objective of this mission was to look after people, who nobody else was prepared to look after. Mother Teresa felt that serving others was a fundamental principle of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
In 1952, she opened her first home for the dying, which allowed people to die with dignity. Mother Teresa often spent time with those who were dying this afforded many neglected people the opportunity to die knowing that someone cared.
Her work spread around the world. She never sought to convert those of another faith. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She didn’t attend the ceremonial banquet but asked that the fund be given to the poor.
Mother Teresa suffered various health problems during the latter part of her life, but nothing could deter her from fulfilling her mission of serving the poor and needy. She kept working for her mission until she was on the brink of her illness.
Mother Teresa with her unconditional dedication and social service is one of the most influential personality. She teaches us that one has to contribute to the society as a social being.