Mother Teresa was born on 27th August 1910. In her 18 years she wants to be a nun.
In 1928, the future Mother Teresa began her religious life in Ireland.
In 1929 she was sent to the Calcutta, when she began a career teaching history and geography, which she reportedly did with dedication and enjoyment for the next 15 years.
It was in the protected environment of this school for the daughters of the wealthy that Teresa's new "vocation" developed and grew.
Teresa was not alone for long. Within a year, she found more help than she anticipated. Many seemed to have been waiting for her example to open their own floodgates of charity and compassion. Young women came to volunteer their services and later became the core of her Missionaries of Charity.
Others offered food, clothing, the use of buildings, medical supplies and money. As support and assistance mushroomed, more and more services became possible to huge numbers of suffering people. Until her death in 1997, Mother Teresa continued her work among the poorest of the poor, depending on God for all of her needs.
Honors too numerous to mention had come her way throughout the years, as the world stood astounded by her care for those usually deemed of little value. In her own eyes she was "God's pencil—a tiny bit of pencil with which he writes what he likes."
Despite years of strenuous physical, emotional and spiritual work, Mother Teresa seemed unstoppable. Though frail and bent, with numerous ailments, she always returned to her work, to those who received her compassionate care for more than 50 years. Only months before her death, when she became too weak to manage the administrative work, she relinquished the position of head of her Missionaries of Charity.
She knew the work would go on. Finally, on September 5, 1997, after finishing her dinner and prayers, her weakened heart gave her back to the God who was the very center of her life.