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(18 Sept 2016)
MOTHER TERESA - HUMAN FACE OF ETERNAL HOPE
Dear Friends,For ‘no reason’ I remembered Mother this afternoon, but then, you don’t remember someone for ‘no reason’. Then I knew that it had something to do with the news item I heard in the morning. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations, called -St Teresa of Calcutta, the human face of eternal hope who embodied the founding principles of the world body (UN)-. Great compliment indeed. Mother Teresa, no doubt, was a remarkable woman who won the 1979 Nobel peace prize. She also received a number of other awards and recognitions during her life time and after her death. But she is remembered for not any of her awards, but for being a human being that was so loving, caring and sensitive. She was a mother in the true sense of the word and I like to remember and call her a mother. Pope Francis spoke about Mother Teresa’s life of service in the homily of the canonization mass. “Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself avai able for everyone through her welcome and defence of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded," he said. "She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity. She made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created."
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, the future Mother Teresa, was born on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Little is known about her early life, but at a young age she felt a calling to be a nun and serve through helping the poor. She took her formal religious vows in 1931. On her arrival in India (as a Loreto nun), she began by working as a teacher, however the widespread poverty of Calcutta made a deep impression on her; and this led to her starting a new order called “The Missionaries of Charity”. The primary objective of this mission was to look after people, who nobody else was prepared to look after. Mother Teresa felt that serving others was a key principle of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Despite the enormous scale of her charitable activities and the millions of lives she touched, to her dying day she held only the humblest conception of her own achievements. Summing up her life in characteristically self-effacing fashion, Mother Teresa said, "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 is an inspiration for all of us who aspire to follow Jesus. Simple woman; so rich in love, compassion, and humanity that transcended all barriers of caste, creed, colour, religion, gender and nationalities. I will be happy if this reminder persuades you to make a difference in a less fortunate life, makes you wipe a tear or two from an unhappy life.
Love and Prayers,
Fr. Shibu Jacob Msfs
The ECHO (18 Sept 2016)
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