Mother Teresa: A Saint
I’m proud of being a contemporary of Mother Teresa. Mahatma Gandhi was father of the nation. Mother Teresa was mother of the nation. Both of them were not awarded these titles by ant government or institution. People specially the poor called father and mother because they occupied high position in their hearts. They loved and respected like their parents.
Mother Teresa was not born in India. She was born in Albania, a country far away from India. She came to India saw lakhs of people suffering from poverty and diseases and dying on roads and in streets to neglected and uncared; she was moved deeply and made up her mind to settle down in our country to mitigate the sufferings of the poor and serve humanity. She founded Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and dedicated her whole life to the service of the poor, and the ill.
Mother Teresa gave the poor and the needy not only physical comfort and but also love and care. She would pick the poor and the needy men, women and children from the streets of Calcutta, brought them to her home and serve them with love and personal attention.
Mother Teresa was deeply religious but she never tried to convert any person to Christianity. She served without any distinction on the basis of caste creed race or color. Unlike other religious leaders, she never preached and issued fatwas. She never instructed people to lead life in a particular way. She never criticized other religions or leaders. She was religious in true sense.
Mother Teresa’s work and service was recognized by not only Indian Leaders but by the International Community. The Indian Government awarded her Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award. The UNO awarded her Nobel Prize for peace. Now Pope the highest authority of Catholic Christian Religion has canonized her and made her Saint. But for Indians she is mother to at whose feet, they would fall at the time of grief, need and miser for comfort and consolation in belief that she will give them strength to bear sufferings and griefs.