By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As by my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus." Small of stature, rocklike in faith, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was entrusted with the mission of proclaiming Gods thirsting love for humanity, especially for the poorest of the poor. 'God still loves the world and He sends you and me to be His love and His compassion to the poor." She was a soul filled with the light of Christ, on fire with love for Him and burning with one desire: "to quench His thirst for love and for souls."
This luminous messenger of God's love was born on 26 August 1910 in Shkup, a city situated at the crossroads of the Albanian Land in Balkans. The youngest of the children born to Nikollė and Drane Bojaxhiu, she was baptised Gonxha Agnes, received her First Communion at the age of five and a half and was confirmed in November 1916. Her father's sudden "death," murdered (the cause of his elimination is still a secret, but his relatives and the doctor were convinced that the Serbian criminals had poisoned him) when Gonxha was about eight years old, leaving the family in financial straits. Drane raised her children firmly and lovingly, greatly influencing her daughter's character and vocation. Gonxha's religious formation developed further through her extensive involvement in the vibrant Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart.