Thursday, 26 August 2010

Homage to Mother Teresa and Irena Sendler

2010 is the 100th birth anniversary year for two heroic women. One from Albania and the other from Poland. Mother Teresa we all know and revere greatly, her 100th birth anniversary is being celebrated today- Aug 26th.

But I read about Irena Sendler just an hour ago and was so impressed by her inspirational story that I want to pay homage to this remarkable little known woman along with Mother Teresa. We can call Irena, the Corrie Ten Boom of Poland.
Read this CNN report.

A solemn Mass at the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India, marked the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth on Thursday.
People from all walks of life gathered at the global headquarters of the order of nuns, which Mother Teresa founded 60 years ago.
"It's a great day of joy for all of us to celebrate the gift of Mother's life," said Sister Nirmala, Mother Teresa's immediate successor. "Mother who allowed God to live in her has put a bright light in the world, enlightening the hearts and minds of so many people."
Sister Prema, the current head of the order, said, "Mother is a person who till today -- and also for time to come -- will bring people of all walks of life together to serve, to laugh and to be united."
A message from Pope Benedict XVI was read out at the Mass.
"I am confident that this year will be for the church and the world an occasion of joyful gratitude to God for the inestimable gift that Mother Teresa was in her lifetime and continues to be through the affectionate and tireless work of you, her spiritual children," the pontiff's statement said.
Mother Teresa was born as Agnes Gonxha Boiaxhiu to ethnic Albanian parents in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910.
She arrived in India in 1929 and dedicated her life to help those in need. She received a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in 1979.
She died in India in 1997 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in October 2003.


Irena Sendler. An unfamiliar name to most people, but this remarkable woman defied the Nazis and saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto. As a health worker, she sneaked the children out between 1942 and 1943 to safe hiding places and found non-Jewish families to adopt them.For many years Irena Sendler - white-haired, gentle and courageous - was living a modest existence in her Warsaw apartment. This unsung heroine passed away on Monday May 12th, 2008.
May we be inspired and blessed by the lives of these two torch bearers.

13 Fertilize my soul:

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I also feel re-inspired when I'm reminded of the special women I share my birthday with!

Thanks for honouring them!

Amrita said...

Oh how beautuful, Happy birthday Khyra 's Mommy

tikno said...

What a beautiful attribute for them.

Sita said...

This is great, Amrita..gonna link you on FB..(:

DeanO said...

This is an awesome stirring post - thanks so much for sharing.

Shelley said...

Thank you so much Amrita for sharing this post...I had not heard of Irena Sendler but,loved learning her story...what a very courages woman was she....two beautiful lives worth remembering...blesssings

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

Wonderful ladies!

Zimbabwe said...

I believe that these two women with brave and loving hearts made much more for the world than milions of politicians. I have big respect for them and people like they. Thank You for this post :) said...

very nice posting

Amrita said...

Thank you for your visit unique woman

Glennis said...

She was a Saint.

Glennis said...

She was a Saint.

Amrita said...

She was indeed Glennis.