Charity … how ?


“Spread Love everywhere you go. Let one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Whether it is the Shishu Bhawan in Delhi or the old age home just round the block, Mother Teresa Homes speak volumes of the true meaning of CHARITY. What does it take to look after an abandoned new born baby, or clean the wounds of a leper, to feed the mouth of the hungry or shelter the homeless? In short, who can think of sacrificing a life for another, less privileged than us?

In the fast trotting world of today, we carry our glum faces, crushed under the burden of our own stress and worries, where do we have the time to show we care?
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love – a gift to that beautiful person, a beautiful thing. A lot has been spoken and much has been written about the great Saint Mother Teresa. The call today is for us to look into our lives and reflect how we can keep alive the legacy of Mother Teresa, through our deeds and through our lives.

It is not how much we give; it is all about how much love we put in giving. We may not be able to give our whole life in the service of the poor and unwanted. We don’t even have to visit slums and follow the gutter saint literally. We need to be merely a ripple that is created when a stone is cast across the waters.

Medical Sciences have found cure to deadly diseases and viruses infecting the world today. There are many who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. Global communities and societies are facing a rare kind of poverty. It is not a poverty of loneliness, but that of spirituality.

If there is hunger for Love, there is hunger for God. And if we were to see the face of Christ in the thousands of faces we see in our daily life, our attitude and approach towards them would certainly be a different one. As we congregate to celebrate the Sainthood of Mother Teresa, let us remind ourselves that prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition as we listen to His voice in the depths of our hearts.

Every bit counts, even if it is insignificantly little. We know too well, what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.

Let us pray to have a heart of compassion, a simple, contrite and clean heart that can sense the pain of the suffering of others and remember always what this great Saint Mother Teresa has to say about life.

“A Life not lived for others, is not a Life!”

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