New Delhi, Aug 29 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): As the world celebrated the birth centenary of Mother Teresa with week-long functions, President Pratibha Patil revered the Missionaries of Charity founder for her contribution to humanity, calling her ‘one of the noblest souls of our times’.
“She was truly the embodiment of the word Mother in its fullest, truest and complete sense. It has been truly said that God cannot be everywhere and that is why he has created Mother,” she said on Saturday, speaking of the Nobel-prize-winning nun who died in 1997.
Calling her ‘the epitome of compassion’, the President said the Mother, born on Aug 26, served selflessly all through her life to spread the message of love and compassion through her work.
“Clad in a white sari with a blue border, she and the sisters of Missionaries of Charity became a symbol of hope to many – the aged, the destitute, the unemployed, the diseased, the terminally ill, and those abandoned by their families,” said Patil.
She also spoke about her Mission which begun small, gradually established itself and spread steadily.
[ReviewAZON asin=”B00394DH18″ display=”inlinepost”]She said, “Often, we may feel that our efforts are minuscule as compared to the challenges that confront us, and what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. Mother Teresa would say that the ocean would be less without that drop.”
President Patil also said despite being many honours by many countries, Mother Teresa wore the honours lightly, retaining a simplicity of spirit and humility of attitude throughout her life.
She also quoted the mother’s 1979 speech on receiving the Nobel, where she said, “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat”.
“This is so true in today’s world. In the rush of our busy lives, we often find that we have little time for people around us, our loved ones, our parents and grandparents and all those who love us,” said Patil.
“We need to bring a greater balance in our lives. This can happen if we follow the path of love, compassion and harmony,” she added.