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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mother's glorious path - HT inner voice

On August 26, 1910, a girl was born in Skopje, Albania (now Yugoslavia) as the youngest child of a devout Catholic family. Little did her parents know that the child, named Agnes Gonxha (meaning flower-bud) was to bring glory to their name, by becoming one of the greatest and most respectable figure of the 20th century. The world today knows her as Mother Teresa.

Here is a story by Mother Teresa about donations: "I was once walking down the street and a beggar came to me and said, 'Mother, everybody is giving you something or the other, I too want to give you. Today, the whole day, I got only 29 paise and I want to give it to you."

"I thought for a moment: If I take it he will have nothing to eat tonight, and if I don't take it, it will hurt him.
So I put out my hands and took the money. I have never seen such joy on anybody's face as I saw in his. It was a big sacrifice for that poor man who'd been sitting in the sun all day and had only received 29 paise. Just a mere 29 paise didn't mean much and I could get nothing with it; but as I took it, it became like thousands because it was given with so much love." (Excerpted from the book, "Mother Teresa, a Simple Path") For Mother Teresa, who used to say, "Give until it hurts," such a donation meant a lot. She always used to say God, after all, doesn't look at how much we do, but with how much love we do it.

When we are suffering, we are so focused on ourselves that we have no time for others. To give when one barely has enough for one's own needs is to be truly generous. Today, on her birth anniversary, the best tribute one can give her is to vow to follow in her footsteps. Only then this tension-filled world can be turned into one where nothing but love and peace will prevail.

Praveen Kumar

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