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A name to be remembered on Sept 5.-Mother Theresa.

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  • K.J.Koshy,Chengannur
    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
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      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

      (1910-1997)

      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
      gospel."
      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 her—the 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 neighbors—especially the poor and sick—and
      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
      home. "

      K.J.Koshy,
      St Ignatius Cathedral
      Chengannur.
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