Mother Teresa

Submitted by on Sep 28, 2015

Mother Teresa was born on August 27, 1910 in Skopje. (Speaking exactly, she was born not 27, but 26 numbers. August 27 it was baptized, and that day the baptism of Mother Teresa began to consider the day of his birth.) Her parents were Catholic, while most Albanians in this part of the country adhered to Islam . While Skopje belonged to the Ottoman Empire, then part of Yugoslavia. Now it is the capital of Macedonia. Her name at birth Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. “I had a happy childhood,”- says Mother Teresa herself later. Parents Gonxha were Albanians. They settled in Skopje at the beginning of the century. The father – Nicholas Boyadjiev was co-owner of a large construction company and a prosperous merchant. He was also a member of the municipal council, knew many languages, traveled frequently and was very interested in politics. Agnes did not know that such a need, while living in the parental home. The family was not only wealthy, but happy and really friendly. The family had three children: Agnes Gonxha except my parents were still the eldest son of Lazarus and the daughter Agatha. All the children were very attached to each other and played together a lot. Later, Lazarus recalled that as a child, Agnes Gonxha was a little plump pink, also very risible. Because of her house and called Gonxha, which translated from the Albanian means”flower bud.” Mother Gonxha nee Dranafile Bernal was a very beautiful woman. Being a devout Catholic, she often took daughters with him to serve in the church, together with them to visit the sick and the needy. In 1919, when Gonxha was nine years old, was killed under mysterious circumstances of her father. He was an active figure in the Albanian liberation movement and fought for the accession of Skopje to Albania. There is a theory that he was poisoned by the Yugoslav police. Dranafile had another three children. To the children in no need, she sewed wedding dresses, embroidered and perform different hard work. Despite the time she found the time to raise children. They prayed every night, every day went to church and helped to carry out the service of the Holy Virgin Mary. Agnes loved to visit the church. There she read, prayed and sang. The poor have always found shelter, warmth and understanding at home Boyadjiev. Mother Gonxha nursed an alcoholic woman who lived next door, twice a day, brought food and clean up after it. She took care of the widow and six children. Sometimes Dranafile did not have time, and Agnes instead made this charitable work. When the widow died, her children grew up in the house Boyadjiev, as if they were part of the family. Lazar won a scholarship to study in Austria, Agatha admitted to a private school, and Agnes – in the state high school. She studied fine. Together with her sister, they sang in the church choir: soprano Agnes and Agatha – the second voice. Gonxha also played the mandolin. Gonxha spent much time in the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She helped the priest, who did not know the languages ​​and read a lot of the Slovenian and Croatian missions in India. Every year a girl to make a pilgrimage to Montenegro. There’s the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the first time she felt the call to serve God. But then a twelve year old girl did not want to become a nun, and she stifled a voice inside. Then Agnes prayed a lot about what had happened and told his mother and sister. Some time later, she asked the priest how she could be sure what really heard the voice of God, to which he replied:”Listen to your heart. If you’re really happy that God has called you to serve Him, to Him and our neighbor do you think it means, it really was the call. The joy in your heart – this is the compass that will show you the way to life.” In 1928 Gonxha graduated from high school in Skopje and wondered about his future. In choosing a life path was influenced by contacts with the Brotherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary – an organization that helps the poor in different countries. One day, he heard the parish priest, it reads the letters from missionaries from India, interested in the activities of the Bengali Gonxha mission. Again, the young Agnes Gonxha heard an inner voice. He encouraged her to become a missionary in India. This time she did not resist the call of the heart. After pious reflections and prayers, she decided to”go and tell about the life of Christ to people.” The only way that made it possible to realize this dream was to join the Congregation of Missionary Gonxha had to go to Dublin and Irish join the Order of the Sisters of Loreto, who had a mission to India. (His name Order received the title of the city of Loreto in Italy. According to tradition, this city of angels transferred the house, where she was the Mother of God.) On the day of departure, 25 September 1928, at the station went with her the whole community: friends, classmates, neighbors and, of course, his mother and sister Agata (who later became a translator and radio announcer). In the eyes were seeing off tears. The train took her to Zagreb, then in Austria, Switzerland and France, she went to London, and from there – to the abbey near Dublin, where the Order of the Sisters of Loreto is located. There Gonxha spent about two months studying English December 1, 1928 eighteen Agnes Gonxha sailed from Dublin to Calcutta. The move was a very long and tedious. Christmas had to meet without a Christmas tree, on board the ship. At the beginning of 1929 they reached Colombo, Madras, and then, finally, Calcutta. From there she went to Darjeeling – a small town in the foothills of the Himalayas. There, among the majestic snow-capped mountains was a monastery of the Order of Sisters of Loreto. In this monastery Agnes held novitiate period, in preparation for taking the veil. Two years later she was sent to help the sisters care for the sick in a small hospital in Bengal. Endless suffering and misery of people from poor neighborhoods shocked young girl.
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