What does this mean?
In one of my recent seminars one of our participants raised this question. Today we hear a lot about integration and so what does this mean? Another person asked what does this mean to be an integrated person in this violence filled & exploiting world?
Like once a middle aged person approached an elderly person and began talking about the world conflicts and particularly the political and religious conflicts that affect the world. Immediately the elderly person closed his eyes and said: Leave me alone and don’t disturb my serenity.”
Respecting people for their age we need to also ask a serious question about what does it mean to be an integrated person in this world of ours. Is it to close ourselves within a protected shell and avoid facing the reality ?
Harmony could come by individual and common initiatives of integration. Truly inspired people cannot keep quiet, they have to do something and be somebody to make this world little more harmonious place. In this process one may have to make big sacrifices, sometimes loose the comfort, power and even very life. There are some realities where there is no other choice than to be pro-active if not one may be led to violent reactions.
Important target groups are our Children & Youth: Our present and future youth need attention and affection along with other motivational educative measures to have a global mindset while growing up in a local context. Some of them are deprived of safer, conducive and affectionate environment to grow healthily. In all the war & conflict ridden countries, children are the worst affected persons who are in danger of becoming rigid, violent and cold. They are disintegrated in many ways. All truly sensible and faith-filled people have the responsibility to come together to transform this world a better place of respect, love and dignity. Running away is neither the solution nor the sign of integration. What we need is global collaboration for a just and safer world.
Pope Francis said, “Let us give face to God through our service to the needy and the poor…let us carry the smile of Mother Teresa in our hearts. Today she is made a Saint but many who knew her are so used to call her affectionately as ‘ Mother’ and that will remain.” (During the Canonization Ceremony at St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Italy on 4th September 2016)
I happened to meet two Missionaries of Charity sisters this morning and they asked me the way to go to St Peter’s Square. Since I was also heading closer to that direction it was a blessing to meet these two daughters of Mother Teresa. As we started our journey by bus I asked one of them namely Sr. Anna from Poland who works now in London to share with me her impressions about Mother Teresa. She happily shared this story from the life of Mother Teresa that she read from a book written on her.
Once her sisters were trying to prepare Chappatti (a food made into round shaped pieces, prepared by Indian mothers out of wheat and other flours). They were four sisters and the sisters wanted to prepare only three to do some penance and share. But Mother Teresa asked them to prepare five so that they will have each one and also one to share with someone in need.
It is also said about Mother that when she wrote the first rule of sisters life she was very frugal and ascetical with their food which has most often water mixed items. And at the advice of her spiritual directors she added some more nutritious items so that sisters would have strength to do the hard work they regularly take up in serving the sick and the needy.
Sr. Anna said that she was touched by Mother Teresa’s humility and simple life style. Her truthfulness was manifest always in accepting the areas in which one needs growth and listening to others. What strikes is her humanity and humility.
You are also welcome to read my other article about her on our official blog: