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From the Rector
Sunday September 4 was a very important day in the calendar of the Catholic Church world-wide. The proclamation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta as a Saint was to be expected, but still it proved to be a great event, especially as a reminder of the wonderful things that even a poor and un-assuming woman in India can accomplish with the help of God! Mother Teresa’s faith and personal commitment to serving the poorest of the poor fascinated millions. And yet her life-style, her program, her dedication, her simplicity, and her attraction were based on the life and teaching of Jesus, who continues to inspire people in all parts of the world, and in different historical times.
Despite of this, she had her critics, but her perseverance and her commitment never wavered.
Sometime ago I came across the statement below which Mother Teresa had inscribed on the wall of the first home for children in Calcutta. In a way, it sums up her approach and her determination.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, self-centred –
forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish and ulterior motives –
be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will make some critical friends and some
genuine enemies – succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you –
be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight –
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous –
be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten –
do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough –
give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God –
It was never between you and them anyway !
Let these words inspire us also to be people of love, compassion, and service – anyway!
Fr Frank Bertagnolli, SDB