Currently there are many ways in which people seek to “return what they have received” or simply express their solidarity with the problems of others. This concern to act in favor of others is not new and without being exclusive only to the West, it can be traced that the last two thousand years many institutions in force today had their origin in “charity”, or love.
This virtue, which within Christianity is considered one of the cardinal virtues along with faith and hope, is even considered the queen of the three, since in the goal of reaching Paradise, neither faith nor hope will have a place, only faith. will have charity. One of the latest personalities who have stood out in the modern world for governing her life by those principles was Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who in the Catholic Church has received the highest recognition for her work when she was canonized in 2015.
However, his work is not only recognized by Catholics, but the anniversary of his death, September 5, 1997, has been chosen to mark the International Day of Charity.
An example of activity in favor of others
She was born in 1910 in North Macedonia, with the name of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxahui. In 1931 she made her vows as a nun and she changed her name to Teresa, thus in Spanish, since there was another nun of hers and she used it in French, out of admiration for Saint Thérèse de Liseaux. In 1948, she adopted Indian citizenship and soon after in 1950, she founded the Missionaries of Charity.
His personal and orderly work focused on caring for the poor, sick, orphaned and dying starting with those in Calcutta and extending his work to many other countries. In 1979, she received the Nobel Peace Prize. The funds from the award, as well as the visibility gained by it, were used by him to extend care to the vulnerable. He was at the head of the Missionaries of Charity until shortly before his death at the age of 87, having dedicated 45 years to the direct care of the poorest.
The matter is still pending
Without a doubt, the example of life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta is very important for all those who seek to make the world a better place with fewer people in vulnerable situations.
For years, efforts have been made to find indicators that allow a more adequate description of what is considered poverty and also to account for those who suffer from it. In 2019, it was estimated that around 1.3 billion people in the world live in what has been defined as multidimensional poverty, that is, they do not have daily access to drinking water, sanitation, healthy nutrition and primary education.
The total figures for the increase in the population that has fallen into that definition due to the pandemic have yet to be defined. However, it is clear that the need to support civil society organizations that focus on this problem cannot be postponed.
Serve the International Day of Charity to honor Teresa of Calcutta and all those who have been concerned to eradicate poverty and motivate many more to enthusiastically adopt the same work.
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