The Influence of Religion on Mother Teresa Essay

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A person’s life can be influenced through various aspects of religion, whether it be certain beliefs and traditions or certain people throughout that person’s life. Mother Teresa, born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in Albania, had many influences through Christianity within her life and lived as a person of religion. At an early age, Agnes received a calling from God to help people, which then led to her leaving her home at the age of 18 and joining the Sisters of Loreto. Mother Teresa found meaning through her vocation and was influenced by many beliefs and teachings of the Church such as, the option for the poor and vulnerable, life and dignity of the human person and the two commandments spoken by Jesus.

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This principle had a great influence on Mother Teresa’s vocation during the time of what she dubbed as “a calling within a calling”. During her first calling from God; to become a nun, she received another calling that forever altered her life as a Catholic. While on a train from Calcutta to Darjeeling for an annual retreat in 1946, Christ spoke to her, pleading “Come be my Light” (Mother Teresa, 1960) and told her to abandon teaching to begin working in the slums of Calcutta aiding the poorest and sickest people. This calling alongside the preferential option for the poor allowed her to aid the poorest and sickest people in Calcutta. Although she had already taken her vow of obedience as a nun, after two years of testing and discernment Mother Teresa finally received permission to begin her calling. She spent six months with the Medical Mission Sisters in Patma and learnt basic medial training which she took to the slums and began helping the poorest of the poor. She began each day by receiving the Eucharist and went out to find and serve Him in “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for” (Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 2002). In the spirit of those in need, Mother Teresa saw Jesus and helped anyone regardless of any social discrimination. She treated the poor like she would treat Jesus, “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. Mother

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