I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me."
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothed you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?"
And the king will say to them in reply,
"Amen, I say to you,
Whatsoever you did for one of these least brothers of mine,
you did for me."
Mother Teresa was truly an angel of mercy serving the poorest of the poor for her God. She will always be remembered for her many acts of kindness to humanity, especially the poor in body, mind, and spirit. Below is a quick glance at the many deeds she accomplished during her life.
1928: Takes name of Sister Teresa;
1929: Teaches in Calcutta at St. Mary's High School;
1937: Takes final vows as a nun;
1946: Receives a calling from God "to serve him among the poorest of the poor;"
1947: Sets up her first school in Calcutta's slums;
1950: Founds the order of Missionaries of Charity;
1952: Opens "Pure Heart", a home for the dying;
1953: Opens her first orphanage;
1962: Wins the Padma Shri award for her humanitarian work;
1979: Wins Nobel Peace Prize;
1982: Intervenes for 37 retarded children at a hospital in besieged Beirut and rescues them after persuading the Israelis and Palestinians to cease fire;
1983: Has a heart attack while visiting Pope John Paul II in Rome;
1985: Awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian award given;
1989: Has a second heart attack and doctors implant a pacemaker;
1990: Announces her request of resignation, but in a secret ballot she is re-elected, and withdraws her request;
1991: Suffers pneumonia in Tijuana, Mexico, which leads to congestive heart failure and hospitalization in La Jolla, California;
1993: Breaks three ribs when she falls in Rome in May; hospitalized for malaria in New Delhi in August; undergoes surgery to clear blocked blood vessel in Calcutta in September;
1996: Receives honorary U.S. citizenship on November 16; falls and breaks her collarbone in April; suffers malarial fever and failure of the left heart ventricle in August; treated for a chest infection and recurring heart problems in September; chest pains and breathing problems reoccur on November 22;
1997: Steps down as head of her order on March 13
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