On Sunday September 4th, 19 years after her death, Mother Teresa was officially declared a saint by Pope Francis.
Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun who spent most of her life serving the poor and sick. 15 years after her arrival in India as a teacher, speaking fluent Bengali and Hindi, she walked away from her order to create her own, the Order of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India.
She’s begun her missionary work by establishing a home for the dying and continued with a leper colony, an orphanage, a nursing home, a family clinic and a string of mobile health clinics. She tirelessly delivered relief to those who had no one to care for or about them. (1985 Mother Teresa founded Gift of Love, a home to care for those infected with HIV/AIDS in New York.)
Her work was recognized worldwide. The former Soviet Union honored her with Soviet Union’s Gold Medal of the Soviet Peace Committee. In 1979 she was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize for her work “in bringing help to suffering humanity.”
During one finite lifetime, Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta, now) established 610 foundations in 123 countries around the world.
It’s nice that one of the greatest humanitarians was formally canonized, but it’s not the canonization that made Mother Teresa a saint, but her life of service to humanity.
Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich