“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
From the time we’re very young, we’re taught that helping others is good. As adults, most of us still find ways to help others. Some extraordinary people spend their whole lives in service to others. Think of your favorite “inspiration”. Mother Teresa always comes to my mind.
Born into a middle class family, Agnes Bojaxhiu learned to serve others from her mother, who told her she should “never eat a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others.” Most of the meal guests were the poorest of the poor. When little Agnes asked once who the people eating with them were, her mother said “Some of them are our relations, but all of them are our people.” Is it any wonder that Agnes grew up and became Mother Teresa?
Though she thought she would be a teacher, Mother Teresa said she received a message from God to be the “fire of love amongst the poor, the sick, the dying and the little children.” And did she ever become a fire of love! Mother Teresa went to the slums of Calcutta, India, and worked among “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.” She immediately began an open-air school and established a home for the poor who were sick so they could die in dignity. She also established a leper colony, an orphanage, a nursing home, a family clinic and mobile health clinics. By the time of her death in 1997, the Missionaries of Charities (which she had begun in Calcutta) numbered over 4,000, in addition to the thousands of volunteers who followed her. Today, there are 610 foundations in 123 countries on all seven continents that are connected to Mother Teresa and the work she began.
While most of us will never even approach the magnitude of what Mother Teresa achieved, I carry with me this simple reflection from Mother Teresa: “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” June is service month for the Foundation. We hope you’ll join in one of our projects, or do one of your own.
If all of us feed just one, serve just one, help just one…we will have “spread God’s love everywhere”, and there’s no doubt the world could use more of that.
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