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: