In the year 1969, while giving interview to TV anchor and journalist Malcolm Muggeridge, she said, “ I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can experience” (Mother Teresa, 2007, p.19).
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Bozaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in a small town called Skopje, which is a part of Yugoslavia now (Mother Teresa, 2007, p.8). However, she lived most of her life in India. She was a teacher at Loreto convent and taught catechism and geography (Mother Teresa, 2007, p.8). However, one day, while going to Darjeeling for a retreat, she heard God’s voice asking her to help the people living on the streets of Calcutta and who were poor, hungry, homeless and sick (Mother Teresa, 2007, p.8). Her realization that life beyond the convent walls was hard and cruel and that there were thousands of people who were dying because of hunger and ignorance, made her restless (Mother Teresa, 2007, p.8). According to Mother Teresa, the voice in her heart was not just a voice but was a command asking her to follow “ him into the slums and serve him among the poorest of the poor” (Mother Teresa, 2007, p.9). She realized that God did not want her to continue with her normal life of working, earning and having a family. He wanted her to be poor and serve poor, in which God lives in disguise (Mother Teresa, 2007, p.9).
The important thing to note here is that even though the voice that led to transformation was a voice of God, the work that she was asked to do was not religious by nature. It was humanitarian. The convent that she was teaching in, and