Global Council Of Indian Christians (GCIC) urges brothers and sisters in Christ to rededicate their lives to the service of the poor, the widows, the persecuted and the rejects of the society on the occasion of the death anniversary of Mother Teresa as commanded by our Lord.
GCIC appeals to the Christian community to rededicate our lives to the least and the lost. We recall the tribute paid by a former Prime Minister of India, to refresh our memories of the "saint of the poor" also known as the saint of the gutters.
The former Indian Prime Minister, I.K. Gujral, made his trip of homage immediately after Mother`s death. Saying he was speaking on behalf of a bereaved nation, he placed Mother Teresa alongside Mahatma Gandhi in the battle against poverty.
If Gandhi was the symbol of this in the first half of this century, Mr Gujral said, then in the second half it was Mother Teresa who had shown the path to working for the poor and championing the cause of the dispossessed. Everyone had been orphaned by her death, he said, and the real memorial to her would be for people to dedicate themselves to the fight against hunger and poverty.
Mother Teresa was born to Albanian parents 87 years ago. At 18 she joined a community of Irish nuns and went to their mission in Calcutta in 1929. Just over twenty years later she founded the Missionaries of Charity, which over the succeeding years established hundreds of orphanages, homes for the poor and other charity centers around the world.
Mother Teresa was not without her critics. Some doctors accused : "Mother Teresa prefers providence to planning". But her mother`s heart was large enough to say, "As long as we are around, there can be no unwanted children - give them to us, we will love and care for them."
Princess Diana was among Mother Teresa`s countless admirers. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, one of many honours bestowed on her. She said simply that she had a special calling to help the poorest of the poor.
Our call to our readers to rededicate their lives to the service of the poor, oppressed and disposed in the background of severe persecution suffered by the nuns from the congregation of Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa.