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Mother Teresa: A messiah of the poor

Mother Teresa’s greatest miracle was her life itself. The life of Mother Teresa has to be understood not in her achievements nor in her being beatified and raised to sainthood by “other humans” but her great life sacrifices and determination to serve the poorest of the poor have to be carried forward by the whole society. Mother is known throughout the whole world for her works of mercy, recognised by Christians and non-Christians alike. She crossed all barriers like castes, races, gender, ethnic, religious, cultural and turned into and remained the mother of the whole civilization. To love one’s neighbour was to love God — this was the key, not the size of her mission or the power others perceived in her. She taught herself to beg, the ultimate humiliation for one whose life had not been luxurious but it had been secure. Mother Teresa undertook her work with great love and commitment. She provided dignity and respect to those who had been defeated by life. She was a messiah of the poor and a pillar of support for the weak and suffering. Every citizen of India will take pride in the recognition being accorded to Mother Teresa for her service to humanity and God through this Canonisation. In the history of sainthood and that of Christianity, she is the first saint of Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, non-religious and of course for Christians. Mother’s life itself was truly a miracle and blessed are many of us who have lived during her life time. A beacon of hope she left for the hapless around the world. Lastly, I would like to quote from Mother Teresa who used to say, “If I ever become a saint, I will surely be one of ‘darkness’. I will continuously be absent from heaven to light the light of those in darkness on earth.”

Vinod C. Dixit

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