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Mother Teresa: "A Pencil in the Hand of God"
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.7

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    hospice, leper, leprosy, nun-Therese, Skopje, wrapping, spiritual, orderly, classy, pope, nation, nuns, sect, starvation, costly, airline
     content words:    Young Agnes, Sister Teresa, Mother Teresa, Rolls Royce, Princess Diana, Noble Peace Prize
Mother Teresa: "A Pencil in the Hand of God"

By Toni Lee Robinson
1     North of Greece lies a small mountain nation. It is the country of Macedonia. Skopje is its capital city. A girl named Agnes was born in this city in August of 1910.
 
2     As the girl grew, she showed a deep interest in spiritual things. At the age of 12, she felt an urging. She felt she had been given a special job. Her task was to spread the "message of the love of Christ." She felt she had a special calling to serve the poor. At eighteen, she left home. She went to Ireland to become a nun. Her convent sent some workers to India. Young Agnes went to Calcutta.
 
3     Soon the time came to take her vows, to officially become a nun. Agnes took the name "Teresa." Her new name showed her desire to be like another nun�Therese of Lisieux. Therese was a French girl who took her vows in the late 1800s. She died at the age of 24. She had lived only a short time, but she was loved by all who knew her.
 
4     The new Sister Teresa taught at St. Mary's school in Calcutta. The school was orderly and comfortable. The girls who attended were from middle class families. It was a quiet little world all to itself. The years passed quickly. Teresa became head of the school.

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     English Reading Comprehension: Mother Teresa: "A Pencil in the Hand of God"
     Spanish Reading Comprehension: La Madre Teresa: un lápiz en las manos de Dios




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