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The Wall Street Journal reported today that Mother Teresa is set for Sainthood after the Vatican approved a ‘Second Miracle’. Mother Teresa, born in 1910, accomplished much in her 87 years of life in service to the poor. As you may know, Mother Teresa was the founder of Missionaries of Charity, an order of nuns dedicated to care of the “poorest of the poor,” in Kolkata, in 1950.
Journalists Francis X. Rocca and Joanna Sudden highlight how “Mother Teresa, who spent much of her life helping the poor living in slums in the eastern Indian city”. The Holy Spirit was clearly at work in her ministry to help the poor and under-privileged including: “hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools.
“The verses below reportedly were written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her” (source: PrayerFoundation.org):
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
Her words and works continue to serve as an inspiration to many of us today. May God continue to lift-up her soul as a model of how to serve.
At the Orthodox Christian Network, we remain in awe of all who perform acts of kindness and serve as Sparks of Goodness. The National Philoptochos Society is one such organization that performs countless acts of kindness “to aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts”.
The Philoptochos’s major philanthropic initiatives are worth learning more about including: Feeding the Hungry: 250,000 Meals, Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero, and National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund. To read the Christmas Message 2015 from Philoptochos President, Maria Logus, click here.
To learn more about the mission of the National Philoptochos Society, click here, or to make a donation online directly to the Philoptochos.
To read ‘Mother Teresa Set for Sainthood After Vatican Approves Second Miracle’ on the Wall Street Journal web site, click here.
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