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    » 08/26/2009, 00.00

    INDIA

    Let us prepare for 100 years since the birth of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

    Mary Prema*

    Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born on 26 August 1910. One year ahead of celebrations for the centenary, the superior general of the order of the Missionaries of Charity, in the message that we publish calls us all to "prepare the best gift for Mother" "Our sincere willingness to be vessels of God’s love and peace to the poor. "
    Kolkata (AsiaNews) - Next year, on the 26 August 2010, we will commemorate the centenary of Mother Teresa's birth. On the 26 August 1910 Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born. She became Mother Teresa of Calcutta by dedicating her whole life totally to God in the service of the poorest of the poor. She did small things with great love. She recognised and loved the dignity of the child of God in every person.
     
    “God created us for greater things - to love and to be loved.” When we experience the love of God for us and the loving care of others we know that we are unique and special. We are loved. And we want to share this love with others. We show our love by giving a smi1e, by extending a helping
    hand, by lending a listening ear, by saying a kind, encouraging word. The call for every human being is to receive love and to give love to others.
     
    Mother Teresa opened her heart to love all peoples. She continues to inspire us all to open our eyes to see the dignity of a child of God in the poor, and to bring peace and joy to them through our humble services. May be there is someone in my own family  who is feeling lonely, unloved, in
    need of acceptance, forgiveness or a kind word. Love begins at home, and I can be a channel of love for this person today.
     
    May Mother’s message of God’s tender love for each man, woman and child make us aware that God created us for greater things - to love and to be loved. Oar sincere endeavour to be channels of God’s love and peace to the poor will be the best gift we all can prepare tor Mother’s 100th birthday.
     
    * Sr. Mary Prema is the Superior General of Missionaries of Charity from 25 March 2009
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    19/10/2004 WORLD DAY FOR MISSIONS
    Mother Teresa, bold missionary of the Gospel
    Today, October 19, is the anniversary of the beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, whose life was "a bold proclamation of the Gospel", as the Pope wrote in proclaiming her blessed.  AsiaNews offers its readers, in memory of this "mother of the poor", the last letter written to her sister Missionaries of Charity.  The letter is dated September 5, 1997, just a few hours before her death.   It is the text that the Church has chosen for the Liturgy of the Hours of the feast day of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (September 5).

    04/09/2007 INDIA
    The Tomb of Mother Teresa, a place of life and of peace
    Ten years on from her death, a pilgrimage to the Home of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, where people of all religions, rich and poor, sick and healthy, gather to pray. The Archbishop of the city: Benedict XVI made her a symbol of universal Christian love.

    25/03/2009 INDIA
    German nun to lead Sisters of Mother Teresa of Kolkata
    Mary Prema is the second nun to lead the Missionaries of Charity after the blessed founder died in 1997. She replaces Sister Nirmala, who asked to be relieved of her duties to live a contemplative life in the congregation.

    29/09/2005 INDIA – SYNOD ON THE EUCHARIST
    Sister Nirmala Joshi speaks about the importance of the Eucharist in Mother Teresa's life
    In an exclusive interview with AsiaNews, the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity remembers how central the Eucharist was in the mission of the Blessed Mother. From its adoration, she drew "light and energy to recognise, love and serve Jesus amongst the poor". "May It lead to an explosion of charity," says the message of the Missionaries of Charity.

    26/08/2005 INDIA
    Kerala celebrates Orphan Day in honour of Mother Teresa
    Christians, Hindus and Muslims are enthusiastic about the decision.



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