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  1. Introduction
  2. Early life
  3. Roman catholicism
  4. A religious vocation
  5. Life as a nun
  6. Conclusion
  7. Bibliography

Of all the modern people canonized as saints by the Roman Catholic Church, Mother Teresa was the most famous. She was widely admired for her dedication and her charity and almost as widely criticized for her doctrinaire approach to religion. This paper will examine her life before she began working with ill and dying people in the ghettoes of Calcutta and founded her religious order. The paper will consider the influences that formed her later life.II. Early LifeThe woman who would later become the famous throughout the world as Mother
Teresa was born as Agnes Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in the city of Skopje, which is now the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, a part of the former Yugoslavia. This country is bordered by Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Greece, and Albania. She came to be known as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, with Gonxha meaning flower bud. Biographers disagree on whether that was her middle name or a nickname she was given later in childhood. Her parents were Nikola and Dranafile (Drana) Bojaxhiu, and she had an older brother and sister named Lazar and Aga. The area of Eastern Europe where she was born was a melting pot of ethnic groups that remains a political hot spot today. Both Agnes's parents considered themselves ethnic Albanians, though they came from a part of Yugoslavia that was once part of Serbia

[...] It remained part of the Ottoman Empire until 1913, when the Serbs conquered it again.[1] Agnes's father Nikola was a merchant from a prosperous merchant family and had a thriving business. He was also interested in politics and encouraged the family to discuss issues at home. He was progressive in that he believed in education for girls and arranged for his daughters to be educated. Nicola's interest in politics led to a major change in the family situation when Agnes was 8 years old. [...]


[...] Faith and Compassion: The Life and Work of Mother Teresa. Rockport, MA: Element Rice, Tanya. The Life and Times of Mother Teresa. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers Spink, Kathryn. Mother Teresa: A Complete Authorized Biography. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco The Miracle of Love: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Her Missionaries of Charity, and her Co-Workers. San Francisco: Harper & Row Wikipedia. Skopje. Retrieved on May from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skopje Wikipedia, Skopje, retrieved on May from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skopje Kathryn Spink, Mother Teresa: A Complete Authorized Biography (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997); Kathryn Spink, The Miracle of [...]


[...] When she asked Father Jambrekovic how she would know, he told her that if she felt joy at the prospect of being a nun, that was the compass pointing toward her true direction in life. Joy, he said, is always a guide to our true direction. Even with this advice, Agnes remained unsure about her vocation. She was not a healthy child, and her ill health turned out to influence her eventual decision about her vocation. She suffered from malaria, a clubfoot, and a tendency toward respiratory infections. [...]

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