Let us prepare for 100 years since the birth of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
by 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
Mother Teresa’s "family" gather in Calcutta on her feast day
Celebrations to remember Mother Teresa on her birthday