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This paper describes the life and good works of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, focusing on her charity to the poor, particularly in India. First, the paper describes her commitment to the Catholic faith and how it developed since her childhood. Then, the paper discusses her decision to become a nun and eventually a missionary. Next, the paper tells of her work in India for the impoverished population of Calcutta and the founding of her order, Missionaries of Charity. The paper explores the Catholic perspective on charity in detail. The paper concludes by stating that one cannot do all the good deeds of Mother Teresa, but it is important to emulate her to the best of one's abilities.
From the Paper:"If with her birth there was already a strong profession of faith, this became more evident when she "received her First Holy Communion at the age of five and a half and was confirmed in November 1916 (Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center, 2009)." One can put a bit of a humorous observation on this by calling Mother Teresa a "Catholic in a hurry." This means that she was able to fulfill three of the blessed sacraments at a very young age - baptism a day after her birth, Holy Communion at age five and a half and confirmation at six. Most Catholics would have completed the three at age 12 or later but that was then and this is now. Regardless, these were early indications of the calling to service she was destined to do. Her mother Drana was instrumental in bringing her up as a person of strong faith and conviction. After Mother Teresa's father died, "Drana raised her children firmly and lovingly, greatly influencing her daughter's character and vocation (Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center, 2009)." Despite the loss of her father, it was no surprised that Mother Teresa's faith became stronger because her mother was a model of someone who is a living witness to the Catholic faith."
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