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On 5 September, 1997, at the age of 87, Mother Teresa, one of the most revered and loved women of the century, passed away. Her funeral service was held on 13 September, 1997, the 51st anniversary of her receiving her divine mission from God. S.B. NAIR, of the Tooling Division, pays tribute.

Mother Teresa

A Tribute To Mother Teresa

In the midst of a world decimated by sect,
Living among people filled with hatred and mistrust,
Where the goal is wealth and motivation and power,
Where man treads over his kind in its quest and fervour,
Where empathy and compassion appear in wilderness,
And charity or benevolence will seem utter madness,

Into this world ushers in a beacon of Hope,
Unperturbed by the tidings, she worked without any sop.
She was a friend of the poor, breathed life into the dying,
Tenderly nursing the sickly and selflessly nurturing the ailing.
She descended from the Heavens, to wipe every tear,
So that man could live in harmony, and without any fear.

They called her Mother ó and Mother she was,
For mankind were her children; to spread Love, her cause.
As the beneficiaries of her patronage swelled in numbers,
The world took notice of one of its diminutive, frail members.
Sceptics tried vainly to read between the lines,
Finally painting her communal with ulterior designs.
But brickbats do not deter a deeply passionate Soul,
For it is forever focused on meeting its selfless goal.

She passed away one day, with a smile on her face,
A smile of satisfaction for a work done with grace.
She was conferred with awards and beatification to boot,
An Angel amongst evil ó let me kneel down and salute!


The Key

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealerís showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book behind.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realised his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since the Graduation Day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things. When he arrived at his fatherís house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.

He began to search his fatherís important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible. It had a tag with the dealerís name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words... PAID IN FULL.

How many times do we miss Godís blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Mother Teresa

Courtesy:Chhoti Chhoti Batein, June 2004, published by Source Publishers Pvt. Ltd.