The Messina Family

The Messina Family
Barcelona 2010

Friday, September 5, 2008

In Memory of a Great Woman of our Times...

Today, 11 years ago, a wizened little woman, strong in spirit yet frail in body, died in Calcutta, India, amongst the poorest of the poor. Mother Teresa of Calcutta touched all of us in one way or another. She won the Nobel Peace prize in 1979. She was revered by all who met her. She had a lot to say and wasn't afraid to say it. She met dignitaries from all over the world and in turn, introduced them to her calling...her people...her neighbors and friends that were dying on the streets of Calcutta. Pope John Paul II beatified her on October 9th, 2003...less than a decade after her death. That rarely happens. She is now called Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and is on her way to one day being declared a Saint. Today is day given to remember and honor her. I wanted to enclose a few of my favorite sayings from Mother Teresa...who was big on family and making the world a better place starting from the home.

“I think today the world is upside down, and is suffering so much because there is so very little love in the home, and in family life. We have no time for our children, we have no time for each other, there is no time to enjoy each other.”

“Love begins at home; love lives in homes, and that is why there is so much suffering and so much unhappiness in the world today...Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.”

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

---Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

1 comment:

Jason and Kimberly Bingham said...

Hi! I found you guys when reading Julie's blog. I love this post. Mother Teresa was (and is) an angel! Our world is better because she was here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about her.