Bishwa Nath Singh
One must build his/her own destiny by rendering selfless service to others in distress for cause of humanity.
(Photo f Mother Teresa)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
It's my thought for the day that I would like to share with everybody.One can derive lesson from the life of Mother Teresa who is still remembered for her selfless service to downtrodden and homeless poor people.Mother Teresa whose name was... Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was the youngest of three children of an Albanian builder. She was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia. She felt that August 27, 1910, the day of her baptism, was her true birthday. At the age of twelve she felt for the first time the desire to spend her life for Gods' work. She prayed a lot over it and talked about it with her family. She asked her father: "How can I be sure?" He answered: "Through your joy. If you feel really happy by the idea that God might call you to serve Him, then this is the evidence that you have a call." In her teens, Agnes became a member of a youth group in her local parish. Through her involvement with the group she developed an interest in the activities of missionaries. She had a strong desire to help the poor and needy. At the age of 18 she joined the Order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Loreto in Ireland. She trained in Dublin, where the motherhouse of the Loreto Sisters was located. She chose the name of Sister Teresa, in memory of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. In December 1928 she began her journey to India and continued to Darjeeling, at the base of the Himalayan Mountains, where she would continue her training towards her religious vows. Soon after, on January 6, 1929 she arrived in Calcutta, the capital of Bengal, India to teach at a school for girls. While in Calcutta, she was moved by the presence of the sick and dying on the city's streets. On September 10, 1946, on the long train ride to Darjeeling where she was to go on a retreat and to recover from suspected tuberculosis, something happened. Mother Teresa recalls that she had realized that she had the call to take care of the sick and the dying, the hungry, the naked, the homeless - to be God's Love in action to the poorest of the poor. That was the beginning of the Missionaries of Charity." She didn't hesitate, she didn't question. She asked permission to leave the Loreto congregation and to establish a new order of sisters. She received that permission from Pope Pius XII. In 1952 Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity began the work for which they have been noted ever since. Her order received permission from Calcutta officials to use a portion of the abandoned temple of Kali, the Hindu goddess of transition and destroyer of demons. Mother Teresa founded here the Kalighat Home for the Dying, which she named Nirmal Hriday (meaning thereby Pure Heart). She and her fellow nuns gathered dying people off the streets of Calcutta and brought them to this home to care for them during the days before they died. Mother Teresa's first orphanage was started in 1953, while in 1957 she and her Missionaries of Charity began working with lepers. In the years following, her homes (she called them "tabernacles") have been established in hundreds of locations in the world. Following a prolonged illness, Mother Teresa passed away on September 5, 1997 but left her name and fame to remember in the years to come for her selfless service to those who were homless. Her great services were recognised by the Indian government more than a third of a century earlier when she was awarded the Padma Shri in 1962 and the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1969 She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work. Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating six hundred ten missions in one hundred twenty three countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counseling programs, orphanages, and schools. Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to Her lotus feet and seek Her bliss for well-being of all living-being of this universe and pray to give us passion and wisdom to render selfless service to people at large!
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Bikash Tripura :
I thought wisdom is a healthly mind....!!