Sanjini is an actress and writer -
5 SEPTEMBER 2012
This morning I volunteered with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity – helping to give hotdogs, fruit, pastries and milk to the poor in Vancouver’s downtown eastside neighborhood. Actually, I gave out the milk.
Sister Chandrika approached me and asked me to join their mass later in the evening. I told her that I had my karate class in the evening and was not sure if I was able to do both. She seemed disappointed and then I realized it was the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death today on the 5th of September 2012. Martial arts or nuns? This was my dilemma for the day!
It was also the 15 year anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death and I decided to reschedule my karate class for another day. I attended the mass and feast in the evening.
Mother Teresa’s sisters seemed pleased to see me. These Sisters carry on Mother Teresa’s legacy even after fifteen years of her death. The feast was fun with lots of food even for a vegetarian like me – vegetable platters, Indian pakoras with potatoes and spinach, rice, salad, cake, grapes and cherries.
I have been volunteering with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity for many years in both Vancouver and Los Angeles. The Missionaries of Charity was officially established in Calcutta on 7 October 1950.
Gonxha Bojaxhiu, the future Mother Teresa of Calcutta, was born in Skopje (former Yugoslavia) on 26 August 1910. At the age of eighteen, she traveled to Ireland to join the Loreto Sisters. After a few weeks in Ireland, she was sent to India where she spent eighteen years at the Loreto School in Calcutta.
On 10 September 1946, during a train ride from Calcutta to Darjeeling, Mother Teresa received an “inspiration” which she described as a “call within a call” to serve the poorest of the poor. She left the Loreto Convent to become a missionary nun.
Mother Teresa established over hundred Missionaries of Charities around the world, won the Noble Peace Prize in 1979 and the iconic meeting of the two most famous women in the world - Princess Diana and Mother Teresa – took place in 1992. This is also a 15 year anniversary of Princess Diana's death (31 August 1997).
On 5 September 1997, Mother Teresa passed away. She was beatified in 2003 by Pope John Paul II. Pope John Paul described her as:
“I have a vivid memory of her diminutive figure, bent over by a life spent in the service of the poorest of the poor…”.
To donate your time and service to her Missionaries of Charity in Los Angeles and Vancouver contact:
1) Missionaries of Charity in Los Angeles
10950 California Ave, Lynwood, CA 90262-2006
Tel: (310) 635-3264
2) Missionaries of Charity in Vancouver, Canada
385 Cordova ST E, Vancouver, BC V6A 1L4
Tel: (604) 322-6840
Famous Mother Teresa quotes:
“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world”.
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them”.
“Peace begins with a smile”.