A name to be remembered on Sept 5.-Mother Theresa.
- Dear Moderators,
This is a period (Sept1-8) during which Eastern Orthodox Community is
observing the nativity of Holy Mary,the Mother of God. Mother is a
symbol of holyness, humbleness,love, kindness and good virtues.
It might be a strange coincidence that the name of Mother Theresa is
also remembered by the world during this time on 5th of sept.
Thought ,it would be worthwhile to append here with a write up on
Mother theresa which I received in my e-mail:
"Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the tiny woman recognized throughout the
world for her work among the poorest of the poor, was beatified
October 19, 2003. Among those present were hundreds of Missionaries
of Charity, the Order she founded in 1950 as a diocesan religious
community. Today the congregation also includes contemplative sisters
and brothers and an order of priests.
Speaking in a strained, weary voice at the beatification Mass, Pope
John Paul II declared her blessed, prompting waves of applause before
the 300,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's Square. In his homily, read by an
aide for the aging pope, the Holy Father called Mother Teresa "one of
the most relevant personalities of our age" and "an icon of the Good
Samaritan." Her life, he said, was "a bold proclamation of the
Mother Teresa's beatification, just over six years after her death,
was part of an expedited process put into effect by Pope John Paul
II. Like so many others around the world, he found her love for the
Eucharist, for prayer and for the poor a model for all to emulate.
Born to Albanian parents in what is now Skopje, Macedonia (then part
of the Ottoman Empire), Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu was the youngest of
the three children who survived. For a time, the family lived
comfortably, and her father's construction business thrived. But life
changed overnight following his unexpected death.
During her years in public school Agnes participated in a Catholic
sodality and showed a strong interest in the foreign missions. At age
18 she entered the Loreto Sisters of Dublin. It was 1928 when she
said goodbye to her mother for the final time and made her way to a
new land and a new life. The following year she was sent to the
Loreto novitiate in Darjeeling, India. There she chose the name
Teresa and prepared for a life of service. She was assigned to a high
school for girls in Calcutta, where she taught history and geography
to the daughters of the wealthy. But she could not escape the
realities around herthe poverty, the suffering, the overwhelming
numbers of destitute people.
In 1946, while riding a train to Darjeeling to make a retreat, Sister
Teresa heard what she later explained as "a call within a call. The
message was clear. I was to leave the convent and help the poor while
living among them." She also heard a call to give up her life with
the Sisters of Loreto and, instead, to "follow Christ into the slums
to serve him among the poorest of the poor."
After receiving permission to leave Loreto, establish a new religious
community and undertake her new work, she took a nursing course for
several months. She returned to Calcutta, where she lived in the
slums and opened a school for poor children. Dressed in a white sari
and sandals (the ordinary dress of an Indian woman) she soon began
getting to know her neighborsespecially the poor and sickand
getting to know their needs through visits.
The work was exhausting, but she was not alone for long. Volunteers
who came to join her in the work, some of them former students,
became the core of the Missionaries of Charity. Other helped by
donating food, clothing, supplies, the use of buildings. In 1952 the
city of Calcutta gave Mother Teresa a former hostel, which became a
home for the dying and the destitute. As the Order expanded, services
were also offered to orphans, abandoned children, alcoholics, the
aging and street people.
For the next four decades Mother Teresa worked tirelessly on behalf
of the poor. Her love knew no bounds. Nor did her energy, as she
crisscrossed the globe pleading for support and inviting others to
see the face of Jesus in the poorest of the poor. In 1979 she was
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On September 5, 1997, God called her
St Ignatius Cathedral