In 1948 Sister Teresa set aside her nun’s habit – adopting instead the simple sari and sandals worn by the women she would be living among – and moved to a small rented hovel in the slums to begin her work.
Teresa’s first year in the slums was particularly hard. She was used to a life of comparative comfort, and now she had no income and no way to obtain food and supplies other than begging. She was often tempted to return to convent life, and had to rely on her determination and faith to get herself through it.
One of her first projects was to teach the children of the poor – drawing on her experience with teaching the children of the rich. She didn’t have any equipment or supplies this time, but she taught them to read and write by writing in the dirt with sticks.
The Missionaries of Charity
Mother Teresa quickly translated this somewhat vague calling into concrete actions to help the city’s poor. She began an open-air school and established a home for the dying destitute in a dilapidated building she convinced the city government to donate to her cause. In October 1950, she won canonical recognition for a new congregation, the Missionaries of Charity, which she founded with only a handful of members—most of them former teachers or pupils from St. Mary’s School.
As the ranks of her congregation swelled and donations poured in from around India and across the globe, the scope of Mother Teresa’s charitable activities expanded exponentially. Over the course of the 1950s and 1960s, she established a leper colony, an orphanage, a nursing home, a family clinic and a string of mobile health clinics.
I love these pictures of Mother Teresa with the little ones. You can see how much she loved the little children.
Such joy when she was holding the babies.
See how she listens to the children.
All in all she is a beautiful human being.’
Until next week, I send you lots of love.
Have a peaceful week.
Good Morning Friends ~
I have added another heart to my ever-growing heart collection ~
This is the Patriotic Heart Pillow ~ Named for Memorial Day ~ July 4th ~ Labor Day.
Coupon code is JULY2017 ~ I am offering this for the months of June & July –
I have two selections to choose from ~
Navy with word at the top ~ OR ~ tiny navy & red stars at the top
Which ever one you choose – the top of the pillow will also be the material I use for the entire back as you see in picture #-2
This is a great hostess gift when attending a 4th of July party.
Make a batch of cookies and tie this little heart around the box or cellophane wrapping.
A few more close ups ~
Enjoy your day ~
Until next time.
Good Morning Friends ~
I have been out of the loop for a few week, but I’m back on track with our dear Mother Teresa.
These are a few facts about her early life as she begins her mission becoming the saint she is today, who is loved by so many.
On May 14, 1937, Teresa took her final vows, promising to serve God for the rest of her life. Teresa eventually became the principal of Loreto.
Mother Teresa’s ‘Call Within a Call’
On September 10, 1946, Mother Teresa experienced a second calling, the “call within a call” that would forever transform her life. She was riding in a train from Calcutta to the Himalayan foothills for a retreat when she said Christ spoke to her and told her to abandon teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta aiding the city’s poorest and sickest people.
But since Mother Teresa had taken a vow of obedience, she could not leave her convent without official permission. After nearly a year and a half of lobbying, in January 1948 she finally received approval to pursue this new calling. That August, donning the blue-and-white sari that she would wear in public for the rest of her life, she left the Loreto convent and wandered out into the city. After six months of basic medical training, she voyaged for the first time into Calcutta’s slums with no more specific a goal than to aid “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.”
It was hard for Sister Teresa to know where to start helping in such a large city as Calcutta. She began by helping the Little Sisters of the Poor work with elderly people. On December 21, 1948, Sister Teresa finally set out on the streets of Calcutta to start her mission from God. She walked out into the city with a packed lunch, but nothing else. She had no money, materials, or companions. The first place Sister Teresa decided to go was the slum that she could see from outside her window while teaching in the Loreto.
As I will always say ~ What a beautiful soul ~
I am so reminded while I read these facts how important it is to love one another.
Family is so important.
Until next time.
Good Morning Everyone ~
I am so excited to announce Much Love, Rose is opened for business.
Thank you all for being so patience with me as I redesigned my store.
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