Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican on September 4. Setting the dates completes a long process of studying the lives and writings of the saint. Widely known as a living saint, Mother Teresa ministered to the sick and the dying in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the world. Although some critiqued her, her simple service touched the hearts of millions of people of all faiths. Let’s decode some myths and explore 4 ways you can make a difference, inspired by the life of Blessed (Mother) Teresa.
Myth #1: You need to be rich to be kind.
Au contraire, you just need a kind heart. Kindness is about sharing a little with someone who has far less. Kindness applies to tangible and intangible things. If you can talk nicely to a subordinate, feed the hungry with a few slices of bread, pass on one piece of clothing to the naked, give hope to the hopeless, or merely make a sad person smile, it is kindness. The effects of kindness lasts long after the action is done and forgotten.
Myth #2: You can only make a difference if a large number of people back your actions.
On August 17, 1948, when Mother Teresa–dressed in the trademark white and blue-bordered sari for the first time–walked past the gates of her beloved Loreto convent with only prayer and willingness in her heart to enter the world of the poor, she was alone. She became the carrier of unconditional love and selfless service to anyone and everyone in need. Soon, people joined her fight. Women dedicated their lives to her calling and became nuns alongside her. Men, women, and children alike came forward with the intention to assist. Today, this one-person-army has become a magnanimous one, touching millions globally.
Myth #3: A wealthy life means a happy life.
Money is a necessity, but it’s not the most essential or only need. Anyone believing that money brings or buys happiness is a fool. Mother Teresa not only worked for the poor but also interacted with the rich who volunteered to partake in her mission. She once said, “Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.” It is not an offence to be rich. We must amass wealth, and with it, make our lives meaningful.
Myth #4: It is difficult to attain peace (in our families, communities, and in the world).
Anyone else who has either won a peace prize or accolades for initiating peace will tell you how simple the process was. Mother Teresa once said, “Peace begins with a smile.” That is all it takes. A smile! And because a smile is infectious, just imagine how fast everyone around us would find peace if we took the effort to smile. This was one big inspiration behind our tees featuring this quote.
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As we gear up to officially declare this humble nun a saint, let’s be kind, start serving as a one-person-army, share with the underprivileged, and smile without prejudice.
Let’s follow and celebrate her spirit of service, “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”