Nobel peace prize, Kennedy Prize, and the Congressional Gold Medal awarded. Atop all this, she is one of the greatest women the world has ever borne, in terms of love, and service. Macedonia-born, she came to India and she empathized about the people living in the slums of Kolkata more than many other Indians who lived then. Little did anyone know that her arrival could change the lives of countless people and turn the heads of the whole nation. What could drive a person so intensely and so relentlessly that they could submit themselves unconditionally to the betterment of the poorest and the sickest? Donating in millions and diamonds cannot amount to what she just offered the country. She offered every perseverance and service from every ounce of her bones. There were many incidents, when she as a lady, was subjected to ridicule and insults. She endured it all so easily like wiping the sweat off her forehead. She put service before dignity.
The service she rendered was above all the plans drawn out for huge projects and charity showers. Because the wonderful things Mother Teresa did was something beyond what materialistic things can afford. She did justice to the prefix ‘Mother’ before her name. Who else but a mother can care for a leprosy patient without the slightest hint of disgust? She was being indifferent to the wounds on their bodies without being indifferent to the pain the wounds caused. October 7, 1950, was her big day. She started ‘The Missionaries of Charity’. Starting off with just 13 people, the organization went on to become the most supported and recognized one on a global level. People were inspired by the zeal she radiated and the amount of compassion she oozed. Charity flowed in. Her generous heart and immense helping nature drew worldwide attention and support. In 1952, after she established the Dying home, she catered to every dying soul as she would to her own people. Many found solace and promise in their eyes even in their death beds. Though being an ardent believer of Christ, she made sure to get people in the dying home cremated as per the norms of their respective religions. She strived her way off people’s diseases to make them live and then if all failed; she gave them a dignified death. Even as age caught up with her and wrinkled her motherly white skin and smiles, she never stopped to sit down in the armchair even for a while. She thrived for all the best she could drive out of herself for people around her and bent herself in the process. No amount of written words can say what her contribution means to humanity!