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.
A common principle that all Christians share within the Church is one of the seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, the option for the poor and vulnerable. This teaching states that followers of the Church have a right and responsibility to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable before their own and to create conditions for the marginalised voices to be heard. It calls upon the whole community assist those who are most vulnerable. The preferential option for the poor and vulnerable originates from many of Jesus’ teachings within the Bible, stating “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) as well as “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). These statements state that Jesus’ mission when he appeared among man was to preach the good news of the Lord to the poor and needy and that all Christians must treat those who are poor like they would treat Jesus himself and therefore must not deny the...
... middle of paper ...
Office for Social Justice. ’Notable quotations from Catholic Social Teaching on human dignity’. Retrieved
March 22, 2014, from www.osjspm.org/cst/q_dignity.htm.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. (2014). Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Retrieved
24/3/14, from http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm.
University of Notre Dame. (2009). CST - The Preferential Option for the Poor. Centre for Social Concerns. Retrieved 20/3/14, from http://socialconcerns.nd.edu/mission/cst/cst4.shtml.
Vatican Council. (2014). Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), biography. Retrieved 24/3/14, from
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- 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 tw... [tags: sisters of loreto, religion, catholic church]
1497 words (4.3 pages)
- Biography of Mother Teresa Mother Teresa was a wonderful woman and a great influence on the world today. She was born in 1910 in Macedonia with the name Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She was born into a family of deeply religious Catholics. Agnes felt she got the calling to work for God at the young age of fourteen. She joined the Loreto order and went to Bengal, India, to start her studies. In 1937, Agnes took her final vows to become a nun and has done much great work in the world since. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born on August 27, 1910 to Nikola and Drana Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia.... [tags: Influential People Biographies Religion Essays]
4311 words (12.3 pages)
- Servant leadership is both a leadership philosophy and set of leadership practices. Traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid.” By comparison, the servant-leader shares power puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible (Northouse, 2013). One person I feel is a great example of a servant leader is mother Teresa. Mother Teresa, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was born August 26, 1910 in what is today Skopje, Macedonia.... [tags: Mother Teresa]
620 words (1.8 pages)
- Table of content Title Page(s) Introduction 3 – 4 Methodology 4 – 5 Analysis and Discussion Likeableness 5 – 6 Relation to Status Quo 6 – 7 Future Goals 7 – 8 Articulation 8 – 9 Behavior 9 – 10 Influence 10 – 11 Conclusion 11 – 12 References 13 – 14 Introduction Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu or as we know her as Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born in Skopje in 1910 (The Vatican, n.d.).... [tags: Mother Teresa Essays]
3190 words (9.1 pages)
- “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop” (“Words by Mother Teresa”). Today, many people know Mother Teresa as an activist in the Catholic religion but to others she is much more than that. Mother Teresa spent her whole life trying to make a difference in any way, shape or form that she possibly could. She dedicated her life to others because she believed everyone is equal no matter how rich or poor one may be.... [tags: Nobel peace prize winners]
1052 words (3 pages)
- Christianity defines a saint as “those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Lord and ours (Corinthians 1:2)."Mother Teresa was a patron who served the Catholic Church by taking care of the poor and needy. Although she has not been fully confirmed as a saint, many acknowledge her as one, and one of the greatest. Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born on August 26, 1910 in, Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet (now known as Skopje, Republic of Macedonia), under the name Agness Gonxha Bojaxhiu.... [tags: Jesus Christ, Christianity, biography]
1050 words (3 pages)
- Mother Teresa’s Unconditional Love The book, One Heart Full of Love, is a combination of speeches and interviews featuring Mother Teresa given during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. It’s very obvious to me that Mother Teresa was a very simple woman. Each of the chapters in the book covers virtually the same information. The stories discussed in her speeches were all very similar. She seemed to use the same stories but add a little different twist depending on the crowd she was addressing. I really don’t know if the “twist” was to keep the stories fresh in her mind or to appease a given congregation.... [tags: Mother Tesera Biography Charity]
958 words (2.7 pages)
- ... The Government ACt of 1935 and Constituent Assembly Debates from 1947 to 1950, added a dimension to the ideas about the environment. The assembly debates focused on which of the two governments would administer to what areas of economy and society. The federal government really favored the management of land and other aspects of of human development and only some areas considered central admission. Today, the effects in history since independence can be seen (Environment, Law, and Democracy in India 1,2).... [tags: smile, saint, teaching, fame, charity]
2232 words (6.4 pages)
- ... At the age of twelve while she was praying she heard the voice of God calling her to Him and to the service of her neighbors. To answer God’s calling Mother Teresa decided to become a nun when she got older. In church one day she saw pictures of starving families in small cities around India. She consulted the Father for advice and he said to do what makes her happy, which has always been to help other people. After she heard the advice of the priest, she went to Ireland to become a nun. After two months in the monastery, Mother Teresa left to go to India to join the sisters of Loreto.... [tags: charity, calcutta, hope]
881 words (2.5 pages)
- Choose the two sections of Mother Tesresa’s book that stuck out most, and explain why they made an impact on you. This book was so informative that it is so hard to pick only two parts that impacted me the most. If I have to choose only two the first would be Chapter Eight, “ The Poor and Rich in Love.” As Mother Theresa makes so many points in this section. The stories she tells about bringing the dying off the streets to die in peace. This is so touching that these missionaries devote their lives to the poor.... [tags: essays research papers]
750 words (2.1 pages)