Gopuram, Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Pencil Sketch of a Temple Tower (Gopuram) of Madurai Meenakshi Temple,  Used 6B and 8BPencil on Drawing Sheet 

Mother of Love

Pencil Sketch of a Mother Theresa,  Used 6B Pencil on Drawing Sheet 

             Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Albanian Nënë Tereza) as she is known to the Catholic Church, or Mother Teresa as she is commonly known, was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Although born on the 26 August 1910, she considered 27 August, the day she was baptized, to be her "true birthday". “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 to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”Mother Teresa died on 5 September 1997 and is not yet a Catholic Saint. In late 2003, the Leaders of the church completed the process of Beatification, the third step toward possible Sainthood. A second miracle credited to Mother Teresa is required before she can be recognized as a saint by the Catholic church.


           Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. Members of the order must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give "Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor". The Missionaries of Charity at the time of her death had 610 missions in 123 countries including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counselling programmes, orphanages and schools.

          For over 45 years, she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Her Beatification by Pope John Poul II following her death gave her the title "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta".
 
          When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize, she was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?" She answered "Go home and love your family." in her Nobel Lecture, she said: "Around the world, not only in the poor countries, but I found the poverty of the West so much more difficult to remove. When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread, I have satisfied. I have removed that hunger. But a person that is shut out, that feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person that has been thrown out from society—that poverty is so hurtable and so much, and I find that very difficult." She also singled out abortion as 'the greatest destroyer of peace in the world'.