A Bouquet of Flowers to Mother Theresa (Aug.26,1910-Sep.5,1997)

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Today, fourteen years after her demise, I look back with fond memory at a soul who devoted her best years – nay - entire life for the welfare of millions of orphaned or abandoned destitute children, forsaken or discarded by parents or guardians, at the mercy of some Good Samaritan. That Good Samaritan was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, born of an Albanian descent family in Skopje, Macedoniaon 26th August, 1910.

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As a young seminarian at Our Lady’s House Higher Secondary School, Bandel Church, Hooghly P.O., West Bengal, India, I had the singular privilege of listening to the life and works undertaken by her, from the lips of Blessed Mother Theresa herself. That was way back in 1963. I was then too young to realize the significance of that eventful day and what the middle-aged Nun, who had already risen to be acclaimed as a pride of twentieth century, wanted to convey to us through her humble discourse.

Today, fourteen years after her demise, I look back with fond memory at a soul who devoted her best years – nay - entire life for the welfare of millions of orphaned or abandoned destitute children, forsaken or discarded by parents or guardians, at the mercy of some Good Samaritan. That Good Samaritan was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, born of an Albanian descent family in Skopje, Macedoniaon 26th August, 1910.

I have no intention whatsoever to narrate the life-long achievements of Mother Theresa and do a disservice to an angelic human who made the supreme sacrifice and attained sainthood in the hearts of more humans the world over, than the comparatively lesser number who experienced the fruit of Christ’s redemption. We should not lose sight of the fact that Jesus Christ failed Himself to redeem us, where Mother Theresa succeeded in failing the world through dedication of her whole life for the world.

We should not lose sight of the fact that Jesus Christ failed Himself to redeem us, where Mother Theresa succeeded in failing the world through her dedication and large-heartedness. Both were human beings who suffered painful indignity and spiteful contempt for no reason whatsoever.

Mother Theresa is the only individual who ensured that Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary did not go in vain. The world failed unable to reply back at the stupendous edifice she single-handedly built up solely on the strength of her love for a suffering Jesus Christ. Even during her lifetime Mother was humble and never exhibited her piety for the sake of vane reputation. But why did Jesus Christ fail (Himself)?

When Pilot sought an answer from Jesus Christ “Do you not hear how many charges they have made against you?” (Mathew Ch.27.13) Jesus made no answer because He knew how an answer by God-incarnate could have trounced the mob attempt to vilify Him and His mission.

Even at the garden of Gethsemane, prior to His passion Jesus Christ worked the mind-boggling miracle (John Ch.18.6) that was intended to convince the chief priests and elders that He was indeed the Son of God. But those gullible humans failed to read the divine writing on the wall.

Had Jesus acted or worked against the tide, then such a situation could have transformed Holy Bible in to a failed sequence of redemption. This is why Jesus Christ failed Himself in the presence of Pilot, but manifested His omnipotence through a miracle immediately after it was all over on the cross that did send out the desired message. Jesus Christ, being God incarnate, could not have earned a distinction as a role model for the imperfect humans to follow.

Man is badly mauled by a world of crime and sin and no amount of spirituality can get man to stand up on his feet to defy the devil. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ were an act of divine love to collectively bring back the human flock to the one fold of God’s kingdom.

But Mother Theresa was a lowly human being, who renounced a life of worldly pleasures, extravaganza and concupiscence for the service of the ‘poorest of the poor’. She made the supreme sacrifice of adhering to the very concept of Jesus Christ’s teaching viz. love of God and love of neighbor. Her austere and detached life was a sublime translation of Bible in to conviction that redemption by Jesus Christ had to be earned in order to enjoy its fruit. In life she was a living testimony of Jesus’ own teaching to the extent of loving God and loving one’s neighbor. She inherited that which no human being ever succeeded in attaining viz. the honor and distinction of being the rightful heir to Jesus Christ’s own bequeathal during His dying hours “Woman, behold thy son” (John Ch.19.26).

Among the many unsung martyrs who laid down their lives in the name of Jesus Christ was St. Peter, who received the charge from his master and savior Jesus Christ to keep the Christian flock intact. St. Peter was taken prisoner by Nero in 64 A.D. and sentenced to death by crucifixion. St. Peter was crucified with his head downwards in fulfillment of his wish to die in a posture other than that of his Divine Master.

Mother Theresa, who was born 1910 years after Jesus Christ was crucified, took up the cross and followed the same Jesus to uphold the flock of Jesus by tending to the millions of poorest of the poor.

I kept listening to the discourse by Mother with rapt attention as she narrated episodes and events, with a touch of human love. On one occasion she is said to have come by an aged woman floating in the drain on the streets of Calcutta. She with her other sisters pulled her out, brought her to the home for the destitute. After the woman was given a wash up, she was given some food to eat. Seeing the plate of food, the eyes of the woman opened wide and she whispered in a feeble voice “If I had got this food a week earlier, I would have lived”. Saying this she collapsed but not before she met the love of Jesus Christ at the Mother’s ‘Nirmal Hriday’ in Kalighat, Calcutta.

The faithful from all over the Christian world look up to Rome to see their beloved Mother Theresa canonized at the earliest. Mother Theresa has been instrumental in opening the eyes of many people across the world through her inspiration and love for poor, down-trodden and those forsaken by a world of crime and sin. As laity, we have no right to question the decisions of the Catholic Church. However, as faithful ourselves, it does behoove us to reflect on the issue whether Church is doing a service to the faithful by laying off the decision to canonize Mother Theresa pending the required miracles through the intercession of Mother Theresa, whereas the Mother herself has made the grace possible during her own life by setting up an order for the welfare of the Church and the world. What better miracle do we need as a testimony for the sainthood of Mother Theresa?


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