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Mother Teresa: The Secret Sainted Bard

Mother Teresa: The Secret Sainted Bard

Mother Teresa: The Sainted Secret Bard

Not wanting to garner too much public attention for her writings, Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote her diary and poems in secret as part and parcel of her own private spiritual self-discipline, But it was this kind of self-discipline that propelled her into India’s worst slums to care for the poor and earned her a prominent place in the world’s history books.

Born in Skoppje, Macedonia of the Ottoman Empire, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was baptized into the the Roman Catholic Church August 27, 1910 just one day after her birthday and was the daughter of the town grocer, But being devout in religion she went to Ireland to study at t6her Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary where in six short weeks she became a novice teaching nun with the Sisters of Loretto and set sail for Calcutta India to teach school there and was now known as Sister Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu when she wrote this sad farewell poem about leaving her safe, familiar life as she knew it:


 I’m leaving my dear house

And my beloved land

To steamy Bengal go I

To a distant shore,

I’m leaving my old friends

Forsaking family and home

My heart draws me onward

To serve my Christ.

Goodbye, O mother dear

May God be with you all

A Higher Power compels me

Toward torrid India.

The ship moves slowly ahead

Cleaving the ocean waves,

As my eyes take one last look

At Europe’s dear shores,

Bravely standing on the deck

Joyful, peaceful of mien,

Christ’s happy little one,

His new bride to be,

In her hand a cross of Iron

On which the Savior hangs,

While her eager soul offers there

Its painful sacrefice.

Oh God, accept this sacrifice

As a sign of my love,

Help, please, Thy creature

To glorify Thy name!

In return, I only ask of Thee,

O most kind Father of us all:

Let me save at least one soul-

One you already know,

Fine and pure as summer dew

Her soft warm tears begin to flow,

Sealing and sanctifying now

Her painful sacrifice.

After her novitiate was finished and her final vows were taken Mother Teresa settled into her new Calcutta convent home where she taught school for 17 years, but becoming more and more disturbed by the abject poverty that she saw around her and felt “The call within the call” to vacate her still comfortable life to care for the dying poor in the slums in the year of 1944. She became famous for her written quotes and she wrote “Our Lord wants me to be a free nun covered with the poverty of the cross” and she adopted both the country of India by assuming Indian citizenship and the wearing of the simple white traditional sari of Indian women. She went on to found the Order of the Missionaries of Charity women’s congregation and to open a plethora of nursing homes that served multiplied thousands of the blind, disabled, sick and dying, homeless persons of the street as she inspired millions of people throughout the world to also help the poor. And she was the author of many inspiring quotes and a compelling diary “Come Be My Light”.

She said important things with such profound simplicity.


We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”


But although this woman was revered worldwide and got the attention of governors and Popes alike, even Mother Teresa had her critics as some were offended by her stance on contraception and abortion, but agree with her or disagree, I know that her poetry and her quotes have made me feel more accepting of my own personal struggles with pain and tribulation since it is all done for the the glory of Christ anyway.

Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997 after a long bout with heart disease, pneumonia, malaria at age 87. She was beautified by Pope John Paul II on October 19 2003 and Canonized by Pope Frances on September 4, 2016.

She was also the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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