Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, a day for honoring the achievements and highlighting the struggles of women around the world, so it’s a perfect time for another installment the Women Who Rock series. This month we selected Mother Teresa of Calcutta because of the kindness and love she poured into the people she served.
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Name: Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), born Gonxha Agnes Bojaxhiu
Why She Rocks: Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charities in 1950 to serve those who suffered sickness and poverty in Calcutta, India. Eventually chapters of the order she founded were opened on every continent to continue her mission of loving and caring. Mother Teresa cared for orphans, the sick, the poor, and the dying as though they were her own and she loved those whom everyone else forgot. She also broke down barriers for those with Hansen’s disease (leprosy) and provided medical care and basic necessities. Mother Teresa rocks because she cared deeply for those who were forgotten by many on Earth but were loved by God.
Famous Quote: Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Additional Information: In researching this blog post, I found valuable information at Vatican.va, Wikipedia.com, MotherTeresa.org and Nobelprize.org. All of these are great resources for more information and I was really fascinated by the page on MotherTeresa.org that calls out quotes that are often falsely attributed to her.
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