“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
Humanitarian from the soul, Mother Teresa listened to her call to “serve the poorest of the poor” without reluctance. There was no question; no doubt no second thought and she went closer to the most vulnerable section of the society – the needy and the poor. Emanating from her strong faith and dedication, Mother Teresa devoted her lifetime to the poor. Her proximity to the downtrodden facilitated her mission – “rescuing the souls” (Mihir Bose) from poverty.
Mother Teresa has bequeathed her legacy across time and space which I validate in our current pandemic condition. Lending her hand to the vulnerable brings in immense happiness which has no price tag. During her service to the society, Mother Teresa teaches us the real path towards charity when she claimed that “the great thing about the poor is that they are not discontented. They don’t hate us despite their immense suffering. It is a mystery we cannot understand.” It is within this deep sense of fulfillment that she bonded with the needy.
Service is the destitute is an empowering act which contributes to the welfare and progress of the society. The Pope speaks highly Mother Teresa, in recognition of her indomitable charity to the world:
“Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded. She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity. She made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.”
This statement does not only elevate Mother Teresa to a divine level, but accentuated on her humane gestures towards the world without any expectation. Her selfless commitment to empower the browbeaten, marginalised and needy teaches us life’s lessons.
Amidst the phobic and worrisome air of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am guided by Mother Teresa’s teachings of selfless love, compassion and faith in divine service to the less fortunate. We are blessed in many ways, and it is in this difficult time that we need to unite in solidarity to reach the underprivileged. She set the example for the world as well as paved the path for our youth to tread upon. Her heart-full charity has left a benchmark in service to humanity. Today, we need more youth to actively participate in embracing the service to the poorer sections of the society. Our youngsters, dynamic and full of potentials, should gain their inspiration to serve and accommodate the deprived with unconditional love, compassion and respect. The young hands can uplift the poor only in altruistic service.
Service to the poor, functions beyond territories, creed, colour, religion, political affiliation and social class. It is a journey towards Divinity and a progressive society. Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF) aligns with the philanthropist heritage of Mother Teresa in its mission – Service to Humanity. GRF draws its inspiration from the commendable works of Mother Teresa, who affirmed that “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.” And, the disadvantaged need us.
Let’s us pledge to nurture “Mercy” which “was the salt which gave flavor to her work, it was the light which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering” (Pope). Let us do our part on our own in solidarity and unison to touch hearts, to share the angst of the less fortunate.
Do not turn a deaf ear to the tears and anguish of the poor! Listen to your call within.
Prof. Armoogum Parsuramen (G.O.SK)
21st April 2020