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Serving the Poorest of the Poor!

DATE:2014-04-06 18:54 NAME:admin
Kalighat - One of the Centre to Serve the Poorest of the Poor by Mother Teresa:

This home was Mother’s first love. She first started her work here and she always wanted to look after the dying.

When I visited this “first love” of Mother Teresa, 3-4 people, including mens with no legs, were resting on its doorstep. They suffer from AIDS, leprosy, malnutrition, cancer or unidentified illnesses, the histories that lead them here are varied, but their needs are the same: medical and emotional care, a hope that they might see this trial through, or a place to rest with dignity in their final hour.

Here is the sharing by sister Glenda, Nirmal Hriday's sister superior.

"Every day we have dying cases here. People come with sicknesses for which they are not able to get treatment. They are coming and dying, just entering the house dying.

You get a sense that this is how it was when Mother Teresa first opened the doors of the house, sitting on these cots, comforting people who search for strength for each breath. You get the feeling that, in fact, she’s still here, sitting at the corner of someone’s bed, resting next to their pillow, stroking their hair and taking on their individual fight as her own.

Despite the odds against those who would be considered the most destitute of our world, Mother Teresa provided them refuge. In her extended home around the world, they are not defined by disease or class; no stigma is here to chase them, no debt to overwhelm them, no curse to punish them. They have come home to a place where they may gather their strength, fight to overcome the odds or peacefully let go the weight of their pain."

Here volunteering is a very humbling experience. Kalighat especially is a very special place. It is a quiet place; a place where the tears of the dying and the tears of the searching meet; Here volunteers come from all over the world, a place where east meets west; where boundaries are broken.

Every volunteer contributes a drop to the ocean of humanity, and it is certainly true that the ocean would be less without these drops. It is so easy to look at the big picture; to see the thousands of suffering people, and forget that we can only do small things with great love - that the one person we serve at a given moment is Jesus. 

Nobody hesitated to approach and to touch the broken and hurting people, many of whom will spend their final days there. They tenderly massaged gnarled feet that have never known a pair of shoes, dispensed medications, fed those who cannot feed themselves, and more. 

We learned about the significance of compassionate concern expressed in a tender touch, a loving embrace, and a tearful prayer. Each of these actions became something beautiful for God in the context of places where broken people are dying. The lessons learned here will return home in the hearts of everyone came and serve them well for a lifetime. Thanks for everyone who take care me and praying for me for this journey.

May God Bless You!

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