I am going to tell you how love, faith and service can bring joy to so many
human beings. For that I will have to introduce you to Mother Teresa.
Teresa was given the name Agnes Gonxha when she was born on
27th August 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia.
Agnes left her parental home at the age of 18 years and became a nun.
joined the Sisters of Loreto.
came to Calcutta. When she saw the poverty and suffering outside the convent
walls, she devoted herself to work for ‘the poorest of the poor’.
had no money, but she had faith that God would help her and He did!
voluntary helpers and financial help poured in and she steadily increased her
good work. She extended her care for people who had nobody to look after them.
looked after the homeless, alcoholics, lepers and people with aids and other
Teresa received many awards.
received the Peace Prize from Pope John XXIII in 1971 and the Nehru Prize for
her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972).
also received the Balzan Prize (1979) and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards.
Teresa died on September 5, 1997.
During the month of
November, in the year 1981, I had gone to Calcutta and I had a strong desire to
meet Mother Teresa. So I set out.
Very strangely people,
after having directed me to the right street, could not point out the exact
location. So I paced back and forth several times. I finally discovered that the
Mother lived on a street behind the one on which I was looking for her. I went
inside. Mother was busy with a couple who was looking for a child to adopt. Soon
after I was asked to enter. As soon as I saw Mother I fell on my knees and
kissed her hand.
I said " I will
not take much of your time, I just wanted to have the privilege of being in your
Mother gently told me:
"We are all born for a purpose, What I can do, maybe you cannot. But what
you are meant to do, I may not be able to".
Listen to your inner
voice and follow what it tells you. Everyone in this life is born to accomplish
a mission. Hence follow the inner command and you will always be happy"
Mother Teresa knew that
everyone cannot lift a leper or a dying child from the street to look
after. Everyone cannot do this...
However we all could do
our bit, by at least looking after the elderly members of our own family or/and
sponsoring some needs of a needy child.
When you grow up,
promise yourself that in your hurry-scurry to make fast bucks you do not reject
your responsibility towards your old parents or your elderly parents in-law...
Dadi Ma Nani Ma