M. Teresa | #MondayMotivation

I chose Blessed Mother Teresa for my first Monday Motivation because 1) she is my favourite “saint to-be”, and 2) the virtues shown throughout her life are something worth noting. Mother Teresa’s intense love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus and her goal to quench His thirst for souls was so large that it became the goal of not only her, but of the whole organization of the Missionaries of Charity.

Born on August 26th, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxiu was of Albanian descent. She had a beautiful family, but at the small age of eight, her father died. She was left with her mother to nurture her, who was a very devout Catholic. Agnes’ mother managed to open a business in order to earn money for a living and raise a holy, God-loving child simultaneously.

Agnes, after spending years with her mother and being very involved with her parish, left to Ireland and became a postulant in the Sisters of Loreto order. She received the name Teresa there. After she left for Ireland in 1928, Teresa never turned back. She never saw her mother or sister again.

Teresa was then sent to India. She arrived in India and entered into the Loreto novitiate in Darjeeling. She spent quite a while there teaching kids history and geography, while learning the languages of the people. Teresa took her final vows in 1937 and from then on was known as Mother Teresa. She continued on with her work, not yet knowing what was in store for her. One day, Teresa received a “call within a call” on a train ride from Calcutta to Darjeeling. God was telling her that He wanted her to serve the poor with all her heart. Well, Mother Teresa did just that. She abandoned her usual habit for that of the plain blue striped sari, and got right to work. Mother Teresa felt that she could do much more to help the poor by having a concrete foundation to start her work on, and she was bang on. When the Institution of the Missionaries of Charity was officially established, the organization expanded all over the world. Mother Teresa did her best to help the poor, and she put her mind, soul, and body into this goal.

I guess you could say that she was in the good “habit” of helping the poor (Pun intended!) She continued on with her work until she was summoned to heaven by Our Lord in 1997, at the age of 87. It is amazing to realize that for fifty years of her life, Mother Teresa did not feel God’s love. She went through a darkness that most of us cannot fathom. Yet through all this, her faith on the outside appeared to be thriving. Just because she could not feel God there, does not mean that He wasn’t.

Mother Teresa is an inspiration. Why? Because she gave up everything to follow Jesus and serve the poor. She knew they needed her, and so without hesitation, she went. Mother Teresa is a perfect example of obedience. She heard Jesus when he said, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me” (Matthew 19:21).

The wisdom of Mother Teresa brought all those around her to respect and revere her. Though she died long ago, her life is still being imitated closely. Mother Teresa’s loving heart made her able to see God in every person she came into contact with. She strove to serve the poor and be their constant help and comfort in times of need. She was their pillar. Most of all, she proved that one person can make a difference.

The Challenge

Throughout her life, Mother Teresa’s selfless and humble lifestyle preserved not only the life of others, but also gained for her many graces towards heaven. Totally humbling herself, Mother Teresa stated, “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.” Let’s reflect on this last part on each Monday this month, for our motivation, and recite, “I belong to nobody but You, Jesus. I am Yours, and I always will be.”