The second of two portraits of Mother Teresa by Bijendra shows her in a different light then many of the other depictions. She is serious and almost sad in this rendering. Many do not consider the burden that this tiny woman bore. She always felt as if she was not doing enough for Jesus. She shared with her fellow nuns of the Missionaries of Charity that, though she had often felt close to God and in HIs presence in the earlier years of her ministry, as time passed, God felt more and more distant from her. Still she carried on doing all that she could for the sake of those she served.
Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic Sister and missionary who founded the Missionaries of Charity. Members adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience as well as a fourth vow, to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor.” Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize. On September 4, 2016, she was canonized as a Saint by the Catholic Church.
Bijendra was born in 1987 in Bihar, India. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 2008 and a Masters of Fine Art in 2010 from Banaras Hindu University.
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Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu - (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu 26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), commonly known as Mother Teresa and honored in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian, Roman Catholic nun, and missionary. She was born in Skopje (now the capital of North Macedonia), then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. After living in Skopje for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland, and then to India, where she lived for most of her life.
In 1950, Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that had over 4,500 nuns and was active in 133 countries in 2012. The congregation manages homes for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis. It also runs soup kitchens, dispensaries, mobile clinics, children's and family counselling programs, as well as orphanages and schools. Members take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and also profess a fourth vow – to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor."
Teresa received a number of honors, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was canonized on 4 September 2016, and the anniversary of her death (5 September) is her feast day.
A controversial figure during her life and after her death, Teresa was admired by many for her charitable work. She was praised and criticized on various counts, such as for her views on abortion and contraception, and was criticized for poor conditions in her houses for the dying. Her authorized biography was written by Navin Chawla and published in 1992, and she has been the subject of films and other books. On 6 September 2017, Teresa and St. Francis Xavier were named co-patrons of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta.