Thursday, December 10, 2015

BOOK REPORT BY ANDREW J. ROOK TITLED: MOTHER THERESA BY SAM WELLDONE

Book Report
By Andrew J. Rook
Titled: Mother Theresa
By Sam Welldone
December 10, 2015



Mother Teresa was b. 26 Aug 1910 d. 5 Sep 1997 Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (Albanian) know as also known as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.  She was the youngest of the children of Nikollë and Dranafile Bojaxhiu (Bernai).  Her father who was involved in Albanian politics died when she was eight years old.  Growing up she was fascinated by stories of missionaries and their services in Bengal, India.  By age 12 she became convinced that she should commit herself to a religious life.  Her final decision came on August 15, 1928 while praying in a sanctuary in Vitima-letince where she often thought about going pilgrimage and she decided at the age of 18 to leave that day on her journey as a missionary.   Mother Teresa never again saw her mother or her sister.  Her family continued to live in Skopje until 1934, when they moved to Tirana in Albania. She took her first religious vows as a nun on 24 May 1931. At that time she chose to be named after Thérèse de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries but because one nun in the convent had already chosen that name, Agnes opted for the Spanish spelling of Teresa

 After years of working with the sisters of Loreto she ask permission from the Vatican on October 7, 1950 to start the diocesan congregation that would become missionary of Charities.  The mission was to care for in her own words “The Hungry, the naked, homeless, the Cripple, the blind, lepers,’ All those who felt unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to society and are shunned by everyone.”1  

Years later for her work, she would win the Nobel Prize in 1979 even before receiving the money mother Theresa and her lepers already planned how to spend the money $190,000 would be spent however, to her amazement she received another award called the people’s prize money raised for the winner by private citizens of Norway; that year the amount was nearly the same as the Nobel peace prize money.  To Celebrate Pope John Paul II, called a private celebration in his private chapel quarters for Mother Theresa after she had cancelled a banquet in her honor for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.  Insisting that the money be spent on Mana poor upon talking to a friend at the private celebration she said of Pope Paul II “He is a small simple man, easy to impress,’  ‘kissed me here on my forehead.”2  

In 1982 during the Civil war in Lebanon she visited a house in Beirut which was tore apart by the war two factions bitterly fought each other across nomads land called The Green Line: Mother Theresa House was in East Beirut she soon learned that thirty-seven Muslim Children were stranded in an asylum on the other side of the Green Line in West Beirut. They included mental retarded, the crippled and the paralyzed.  The poor innocence were helpless and they would soon starved.  Despite a protest that snippers where everywhere; Mother Theresa acquired volunteers to drive vans across the Green Line to the asylum and back to their home.  One Red Cross worker said, “We did not expect a Saint to be so efficient.”3

There were many other things Mother Teresa did, how she spread the love of Jesus Christ, well under persecution, helping children in worn torn Lebanon for the reason of her willingness to present her body a living sacrifice as told in Romans Chapter 12.  The Hungry, The Naked, Homeless, The Crippled, The Blind, The Lepers, and all those who felt unwanted, unloved, uncared for, through out over 120 countries; received the love, and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

Mother Teresa in my opinion the most important righteous Christian of the 21st century.

            Over the years as her heart began to fail she was still most likely to do most lonesome jobs of all.  “Cleaning the bathroom for Jesus.”4.   She said with pleasure. 

In 1997 a frail wheel chair bound Mother Theresa attended morning Mass where she felt a pain pulsating in her chest and refused to be removed from Mass. Where she stayed for a few hours until she would be pronounced dead on September 5, 1997.





FOOT NOTES: Mother Theresa by Sam Well-done

1. Chapter 8 Page 105: The Hungry, the naked, homeless, the Cripple, the blind, lepers,’ All those who felt unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to society and are shunned by everyone.”1  



2.  Chapter 16 Page 192: “He is a small simple man, easy to impress,’  ‘kissed me here on my forehead.”2  



3.  Chapter 16 Page 194: “We did not expect a Saint to be so efficient.”3

4. Chapter 17 Page: 196: “We did not expect a Saint to be so efficient.”3


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