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Learning from Mother Teresa

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Learning from Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is the most important peace hero of the 20th Century. Many have focused on bringing peace by political means, both violent and non-violent. Though these means may bring temporary relief, they treat only the symptoms of violence. Mother Teresa addressed the root of all violence which is in the human heart. She believed in an active peacemaking and taught that "works of love are works of peace." (Collopy 14) Her power came from three things: a radical understanding of peace, unwavering devotion to victims of all types of violence, and the beautiful example of her life.

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Albania, in 1910 (Vardey xx). In 1928 she joined the Loretto order to work as a teacher in India. Her true calling came in 1946 when, according to Mother Teresa, "I was traveling to Darjeeling by train, when I heard the voice of God... The message was clear. I must leave the convent to help the poor by living among them" (Sebba 46). Mother Teresa left the confines of the Loretto order to begin her own ministry. In 1950 she received papal permission to found a new religious order, the Missionaries of Charity (Associated Press, Highlights). Through the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa brought true peace and hope to millions.

Love is the most fundamental peace. Peace that comes from love is not simply the absence of conflict, it is active, living, and engages our truest selves. It is this positive peace that was Mother Teresa's radical vision. For Mother Teresa, peace was so much more than political stability. Nations do not suffer, individuals do. Nations cannot be at peace unless individuals are at peace. Mother Theresa said, "The whole...

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...h all you meet. Remember, Works of love are works of peace." (Collopy 14). By valuing every human being, by finding Jesus even in the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa was a hero because she gave peacemaking love to all she met, and taught others to do likewise by her example.

Works Cited

Associated Press. Mother Teresa in Her Own Words. 1997

http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9709/mother.teresa/quotes/index.html

Highlights of Mother Teresa's Life. 1997

http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9709/mother.teresa/chronology/index.html

CNN. "Saint of the Gutters". 1997

http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9709/mother.teresa/impact/index.html

Collopy, Michael. Works of Love are Works of Peace. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1996.

Sebba, Anne. Mother Teresa. New York: Doubleday, 1997.

Vardey, Lucinda. Mother Teresa-A Simple Path. New York: Ballantine Books, 1995.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that mother teresa is the most important peace hero of the 20th century. many have focused on bringing peace by political means, both violent and non-violent.
  • Explains that mother teresa was born agnes gonxha bojaxhiu in skopje, albania, in 1910. she joined the loretto order to work as a teacher in india.
  • Explains that love is the most fundamental peace. it is active, living, and engages our truest selves.
  • Analyzes how mother teresa put her love into practice by opening schools, orphanages and homes for the needy, and turning her attention to the victims of aids.
  • Analyzes how mother teresa achieved prominence in global politics, but her goal was to love. she negotiated a cease-fire between the israelis and palestinians to rescue children trapped in front-line hospitals.
  • Explains that mother teresa's belief in a "loving peace" came from and was given tremendous force by her religious convictions.
  • Opines that at the end of our lives, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we've made, etc., but by christ distressing in disguise.
  • Explains that mother teresa saw god even in the most miserable human beings and they had tremendous value in her eyes. she believed that service to christ in disguise was the highest of callings.
  • Analyzes how mother teresa put her ideal of peacemaking into action with unwavering devotion. her utter abandon to the cause of the poor was one of her greatest strengths.
  • Opines that mother teresa's example stands as the most important and influential aspect of her work. true heroes are also emulatable.
  • Explains that mother teresa was the quintessential peacemaker in the most radical sense. she devoted her life to the poor, hungry, starving, neglected, and victims of all types of violence.
  • Cites associated press' mother teresa in her own words and cnn's "saint of the gutters".
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