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PostSubject: Mother Tereza of Kolcata   Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:35 am

I am a big devotee of Mother Tereza.

When I got a mail from US girl making research on Mother Tereza's life, she asked to host her at my place for 2 days. I immediately agreed.



Its Katie.

Katie visits all places where Missions of Charity were set up by Mother Tereza or Sisters. She makes a research on that.


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PostSubject: Re: Mother Tereza of Kolcata   Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:39 am

Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)
Indian (Albanian-born) humanitarian & missionary

God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.

Mother Teresa
I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.

Mother Teresa
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.

Mother Teresa

Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

Mother Teresa
- More quotations on: [Joy]
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

Mother Teresa
Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.

Mother Teresa, in her Nobel lecture

The success of love is in the loving
- it is not in the result of loving.
Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person,
but whether it turns out that way or not
does not determine the value
of what we have done

~

It is not how much we do,
but how much love we put in the doing.
It is not how much we give,
but how much love we put in the giving.

~

If we really want to love
we must learn how to forgive.

~

We can do no great things;
only small things with great love.

~

There is a terrible hunger for love.
We all experience that in our lives - the pain, the loneliness.
We must have the courage to recognize it.
The poor you may have right in your own family.
Find them.
Love them. I love you
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PostSubject: Re: Mother Tereza of Kolcata   Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:43 am





Mother Teresa was always her own person, startlingly independent, obedient, yet challenging some preconceived notions and expectations. Her own life story includes many illustrations of her willingness to listen to and follow her own conscience, even when it seemed to contradict what was expected.

This strong and independent woman was born Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Yugoslavia, on August 27, 1910. Five children were born to Nikola and Dronda Bojaxhiu, yet only three survived. Gonxha was the youngest, with an older sister, Aga, and brother, Lazar. This brother describes the family's early years as "well-off," not the life of peasants reported inaccurately by some. "We lacked for nothing." In fact, the family lived in one of the two houses they owned.

Nikola was a contractor, working with a partner in a successful construction business. He was also heavily involved in the politics of the day. Lazar tells of his father's rather sudden and shocking death, which may have been due to poisoning because of his political involvement. With this event, life changed overnight as their mother assumed total responsibility for the family, Aga, only 14, Lazar, 9, and Gonxha, 7.

Though so much of her young life was centered in the Church, Mother Teresa later revealed that until she reached 18, she had never thought of being a nun. During her early years, however, she was fascinated with stories of missionary life and service. She could locate any number of missions on the map, and tell others of the service being given in each place.

Called to Religious Life

At 18, Gonxha decided to follow the path that seems to have been unconsciously unfolding throughout her life. She chose the Loreto Sisters of Dublin, missionaries and educators founded in the 17th century to educate young girls.

In 1928, the future Mother Teresa began her religious life in Ireland, far from her family and the life she'd known, never seeing her mother again in this life, speaking a language few understood. During this period a sister novice remembered her as "very small, quiet and shy," and another member of the congregation described her as "ordinary." Mother Teresa herself, even with the later decision to begin her own community of religious, continued to value her beginnings with the Loreto sisters and to maintain close ties. Unwavering commitment and self-discipline, always a part of her life and reinforced in her association with the Loreto sisters, seemed to stay with her throughout her life.

One year later, in 1929, Gonxha was sent to Darjeeling to the novitiate of the Sisters of Loreto. In 1931, she made her first vows there, choosing the name of Teresa, honoring both saints of the same name, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux. In keeping with the usual procedures of the congregation and her deepest desires, it was time for the new Sister Teresa to begin her years of service to God's people. She was sent to St. Mary's, a high school for girls in a district of Calcutta.

Here she began a career teaching history and geography, which she reportedly did with dedication and enjoyment for the next 15 years. It was in the protected environment of this school for the daughters of the wealthy that Teresa's new "vocation" developed and grew. This was the clear message, the invitation to her "second calling," that Teresa heard on that fateful day in 1946 when she traveled to Darjeeling for retreat.

The Streets of Calcutta

During the next two years, Teresa pursued every avenue to follow what she "never doubted" was the direction God was pointing her. She was "to give up even Loreto where I was very happy and to go out in the streets. I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve him among the poorest of the poor."

Technicalities and practicalities abounded. She had to be released formally, not from her perpetual vows, but from living within the convents of the Sisters of Loreto. She had to confront the Church's resistance to forming new religious communities, and receive permission from the Archbishop of Calcutta to serve the poor openly on the streets. She had to figure out how to live and work on the streets, without the safety and comfort of the convent. As for clothing, Teresa decided she would set aside the habit she had worn during her years as a Loreto sister and wear the ordinary dress of an Indian woman: a plain white sari and sandals.

Teresa first went to Patna for a few months to prepare for her future work by taking a nursing course. In 1948 she received permission from Pius XII to leave her community and live as an independent nun. So back to Calcutta she went and found a small hovel to rent to begin her new undertaking.

Wisely, she thought to start by teaching the children of the slums, an endeavor she knew well. Though she had no proper equipment, she made use of what was available—writing in the dirt. She strove to make the children of the poor literate, to teach them basic hygiene. As they grew to know her, she gradually began visiting the poor and ill in their families and others all crowded together in the surrounding squalid shacks, inquiring about their needs.

Teresa found a never-ending stream of human needs in the poor she met, and frequently was exhausted. Despite the weariness of her days she never omitted her prayer, finding it the source of support, strength and blessing for all her ministry.

A Movement Begins

Teresa was not alone for long. Within a year, she found more help than she anticipated. Many seemed to have been waiting for her example to open their own floodgates of charity and compassion. Young women came to volunteer their services and later became the core of her Missionaries of Charity. Others offered food, clothing, the use of buildings, medical supplies and money. As support and assistance mushroomed, more and more services became possible to huge numbers of suffering people.

From their birth in Calcutta, nourished by the faith, compassion and commitment of Mother Teresa, the Missionaries of Charity have grown like the mustard seed of the Scriptures. New vocations continue to come from all parts of the world, serving those in great need wherever they are found. Homes for the dying, refuges for the care and teaching of orphans and abandoned children, treatment centers and hospitals for those suffering from leprosy, centers and refuges for alcoholics, the aged and street people—the list is endless.

Until her death in 1997, Mother Teresa continued her work among the poorest of the poor, depending on God for all of her needs. Honors too numerous to mention had come her way throughout the years, as the world stood astounded by her care for those usually deemed of little value. In her own eyes she was "God's pencil—a tiny bit of pencil with which he writes what he likes."

Despite years of strenuous physical, emotional and spiritual work, Mother Teresa seemed unstoppable. Though frail and bent, with numerous ailments, she always returned to her work, to those who received her compassionate care for more than 50 years. Only months before her death, when she became too weak to manage the administrative work, she relinquished the position of head of her Missionaries of Charity. She knew the work would go on.

Finally, on September 5, 1997, after finishing her dinner and prayers, her weakened heart gave her back to the God who was the very center of her life.
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PostSubject: Re: Mother Tereza of Kolcata   Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:50 am



Today we visited Catholic Mass and met Sisters from Mission of Charity in Almaty.
All over the world they wear white saree with blue lines in bottom.

“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”


"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." - Mother Teresa

"It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start." - Mother Teresa

"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go." - Mother Teresa

"I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there." - Mother Teresa

"I love all religions, but I am in love with my own." - Mother Teresa

"Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world." - Mother Teresa

"Please choose the way of peace.. In the short term there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread. But that never can, nor never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will cause." - Mother Teresa

"I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper's wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?" - Mother Teresa
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PostSubject: Daily prayer of Mother Tereza   Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:00 am

DEAR JESUS, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole Return to "Paying Tribute to Mother Teresa of Calcutta"being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.



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PostSubject: Re: Mother Tereza of Kolcata   Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:05 am



I LOVE HER SO MUCH!

I want to be like she was. I love you I love you I love you
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PostSubject: Re: Mother Tereza of Kolcata   Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:13 am

Один журналист, наблюдая за работой матери Терезы, воскликнул:

– Как вы это делаете? Я бы и за миллион не согласился.

– За миллион не согласилась бы и я. Я делаю это не за деньги, а во имя любви.

Весть о матери Терезе распространилась по всей Индии, а потом и по всему свету. В 1965 году миссия ордена Милосердия была открыта в Венесуэле, потом на Цейлоне. Все новые и новые сестры надевали белые сари с голубой каймой и шли в трущобы. Сильные мира сего стали искать общества матери Терезы. Если она находила время, то принимала гостей в своей крошечной комнате, где стояла простая деревянная скамья. С одной стороны садился гость – Ясир Арафат, Джорж Буш, Фидель Кастро, Иоанн Павел ІІ, принцесса Диана, – а с другой – мать Тереза. Слова, которые она произносила, глубоко западали в души людей.

«Не бойтесь любить. Открывайте сердце и постарайтесь пробудить в нем любовь».
«В этом секрет добра: вначале оно слабо, но всемогуще в конце. Зло, напротив, всемогуще вначале, но ослабевает со временем».

«То, что вы строили годами, может быть разрушено в одночасье. Все равно стройте».

В 1979 году Мать Тереза получила Нобелевскую премию мира за то, что она «утверждает мир в самой важной сфере, защищая неприкосновенность человеческого достоинства». Монахиня приняла деньги ради «своих бедняков». Король Норвегии упросил мать купить по этому случаю носки, так как климат Скандинавского полуострова не располагает к ношению обуви на босу ногу. В белом сари, по легендам в том самом, в котором она ушла из монастыря, мать Тереза стояла на почетнейшей трибуне на планете и говорила о том, что любовь и уважение к каждой человеческой жизни являются условием всеобщего мира. От праздничного банкета мать Тереза отказалась и таким образом сэкономила 6000 долларов. Все деньги она вложила в осуществление своей миссии.

Недоброжелатели, которых у матери Терезы было немало, не понимали, за что ей дали престижную награду. «Какое отношение имеет эта экзальтированная старушка к такому великому делу, как мир во всем мире? – писали во многих газетах. – Она просто занимается саморекламой и религиозным бизнесом». Мать Тереза ответила на эти обвинения маленьким чудом: ей удалось остановить на время военные действия в Бейруте и вывести из-под обстрела 37 сирот, о которых некому было больше позаботиться.

«По крови я албанка, по гражданству – индианка, по вероисповеданию – католичка. Но мое призвание принадлежит всему миру, а мое сердце целиком принадлежит Христу». Проявляя удивительную терпимость и милосердие, мать Тереза старалась оказаться там, где более всего необходима ее помощь. В конце 80-х она приехала в разрушенную землетрясением Армению, в конце 90-х – в воюющую Боснию. Свою работу она называла «каплей в море», но никогда не принижала благого значения этой крупицы добра. «Мы не можем делать великих дел, только малое совершается с великой любовью. Я верю в малые дела, именно в них наша сила».

Сердце не успевало за своей хозяйкой: мать перенесла несколько инфарктов, но до конца жизни каждый день вставала в половине четвертого и работала наравне со своими сестрами. Рассказывают о трогательном чуде: перед окном кельи, где умирала Тереза, было маленькое засохшее дерево. А после ее кончины все дерево покрылось белыми, как снег, цветами. Похороны матери Терезы транслировали крупнейшие телеканалы. Правительство Индии оказало ей такие же почести, как в свое время отцу нации Ганди. Миллионы людей во всем мире оплакивали уход из жизни этой святой женщины. Но мать Тереза не боялась смерти, она надеялась, что работа ордена продолжится и после ее ухода. И, вопреки прогнозам скептиков и недоброжелателей, ее надежды оправдались. В настоящее время у ордена матери Терезы – 600 миссионерских центров в 127 странах мира. В них работает более 4000 монахинь, и каждый год в него приходят все новые и новые послушницы.

«В жизни много зла, есть бездомные и больные, но хуже всего тем, кто лишен радостей любви», – говорила мать Тереза, и великую радость любви дарила она своим подопечным. Всех, кто входит в дом матери Терезы, встречают слова ее манифеста, обращенного к каждому человеку вне зависимости от цвета кожи, благосостояния и вероисповедания.

Жизнь – это блаженство, вкуси его.

Жизнь – это богатство, не растранжирь его.

Жизнь – это юдоль бедствий, превозмоги ее.

Жизнь – это бездна неведомого, ступи в нее не страшась.

Жизнь – так прекрасна, не загуби ее.

Жизнь – твоя жизнь, борись за нее!
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PostSubject: Re: Mother Tereza of Kolcata   Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:27 am

Thanks Rita!
Very informative and interesting post!




P.S. btw cool dress with Butterflies
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PostSubject: Re: Mother Tereza of Kolcata   Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:30 am

nice to know that u appreciated king
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PostSubject: Re: Mother Tereza of Kolcata   Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:12 pm

MG_ wrote:
I am a big devotee of Mother Tereza.
When I got a mail from US girl making research on Mother Tereza's life, she asked to host her at my place for 2 days. I immediately agreed.
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Great pictures!!! Cool queen

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PostSubject: Re: Mother Tereza of Kolcata   Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:52 am

thank you very much for yours post!!!Mother Tereza teach us how to get real happiness in our life....take care and love to others....
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PostSubject: Re: Mother Tereza of Kolcata   Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:05 am

you are welcome, Olyo.

Моя подруга - переводчица с английского и французского, иногда подрабатывает преподаванием. Обратился к ней как-то один знакомый: срочно еду в Индию, а английский - в объеме средней школы, помоги! До отъезда всего несколько дней, чему тут можно научить? А ей как раз друзья из штатов прислали книжку - сборник лимериков (кто не знает - это такие коротенькие юморные стишки). Я сам не читал, но она говорит - наши частушки по сравнению с ними - сама скромность и целомудрие. И решила она ему устроить интенсивный курс изучения этих самых лимериков. Словарный запас нарастить все равно не успеть, так хоть разговорить»... В общем, выучил он их кучу.
И вот, сидит он в аэропорту не то Бомбея, не то Мадраса и ждет отправки на Бангалор. Ждет второй день, потому, как у них забастовка пилотов. Жара жуткая, аэропорт забит индусами, вонь, галдеж ... И вдруг, смотрит, мимо него идет Мать Тереза с целой свитой монахинь. Кто не знает - это такая католическая святая, тогда она еще жива была. Кому попить дадут, кому просто посочувствуют. И подходит она прямо к нему и начинает участливо расспрашивать, кто такой и как в этой помойке оказался. Он ей на смеси ломаного английского с русским объясняет.
Мать Тереза стала ему сочувствовать, как же он с таким знанием языка один будет до Бангалора добираться. А он ей и говорит, что вовсе он не так плохо язык и знает, а чтобы доказать, начинает эти самые лимерики наизусть шпарить. Мать Тереза чуть не упала. Расхохоталась и говорит - полетели с нами, как раз в Бангалор, на частном самолете. И вот он полетел с ней и ее свитой, и всю дорогу травил ей лимерики.
Такая вот оказывается, была Мать Тереза - великая, но простая!
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