Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is a promise

RathnashikamaniStarred Page By Rathnashikamani, 20th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1dkqd-xc/
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Mother Teresa is a phenomenon in the God's creation.
The poem 'LIFE' is well-known as a great quote from her wonderful sayings.
This is an attempt to understand what is LIFE and its interpretation from each line in that poem.

Here, I examine how 'Life is a promise' and how to 'fulfill it'.

Life is a promise, fulfill it

It is often said, 'Promises are made to be broken and lies are meant to be kept'. But I won't agree with it.

Here is another quote:

Promises are meant to be kept, for they are like precious pearls in an ocean, their value is high and quality genuine and true, and once they are made they can never be broken.

Mother Teresa made a promise to Jesus Christ that she would live a life that shares his love in the world.

She had a promise to the world that needed her service in uniting the world of disbeliefs and alienation.

She fulfilled her promise by her untiring hard work and kind words that soothed the destitute souls.

Whenever she adopted an abandoned baby, she did it with a promise to look after that child as if she was its natural mother and that promise was always fulfilled as the children grew up and realized that they were lucky to have been brought up by such a Mother Divine.

Mother Teresa wrote a letter of promise

Mother Teresa used to write letters with a passion that was unique to her discipline and she never ignored writing replies to the letters she received from different corners of the world, and given below is one of the wonderful replies she wrote:

My dear,

Life is a promise that we will experience all that it has to give. A promise that we shall love, cry, laugh, and eventually die. That we shall not worry about tomorrow, or contemplate too much about yesterday. And that we shall experience today; and all it’s beautiful moments.

Life is a promise. Fulfill it.

Truly yours,
Mother Teresa

She did not write very lofty and philosophically complex words just to impress the people, but she wrote every word from the heart and from her practical experience of Life itself.

And the world knows how she fulfilled the Life that she defined as a promise in itself.

God's promise

The kindness of Mother Teresa was the kindness of the LORD as such, I believe. And she knew with what kindness He created this beautiful world for us to live.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV).

As God had promised to give us hope and a future, so to fulfill His promise, He had created Mother Teresa and sent for us to serve on this planet where infants, and diseased are abandoned and she had spent a promising life full of altruism and unadulterated love.

Mother Teresa was known as the 'angel of the poor'. She was the angel in human form who descended from the heaven to the earth to shower her kindness and love to the destitute.

The mission of establishing many homes for the welfare of the poor, the diseased, the abandoned and the destitute will never cease as long as the 'Missionaries of Charity' functions with over 4,500 sisters in 133 countries, as of now.

In Kolkata there are 19 homes providing shelter and service for women, for orphaned children, and for the dying. There is also an AIDS hospice, a school for street children, and a leper colony. All such services are provided totally free to people regardless of their religion or social caste.

The photo shows Mother Teresa elderly home, at Pashupatinath in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.

Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Other pages

Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: An introduction
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is an opportunity
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is beauty
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is bliss
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is a dream
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is a challenge
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is a duty
Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is a Game
Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is costly
Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is wealth
Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is love
Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is mystery



Image Credits:
Mother Teresa By P. LapošHam at sk.wikipedia , from Wikimedia Commons

Autograph of Mother Teresa By Hindustanilanguage (Digitalization) , via Wikimedia Commons

Mother Teresa elderly home (Pashupatinath, Nepal) By Cheryl Marland from Seattle, USA (Pashupatinath-Mother-Teresa-elderly-home) , via Wikimedia Commons

The incomparable mother with a promise fulfilledBy Evert Odekerken , via Wikimedia Commons


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Other relevant links for reference

The 7 Promises Of God to Man

The Promise: An Invitation to Life

Blessed Are You: Mother Teresa and the Beatitudes: Let Mother Teresa show you the promise implicit in the Beatitudes.

"God promised His people that He would send them someone to rescue them"

Jesus’s Least Popular Promise? Followers of Christ want to be like Christ.

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author avatar Teila
25th Sep 2011 (#)

This is beautiful

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
25th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you Teila.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
25th Sep 2011 (#)

A very special lady indeed. Well done my friend.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
25th Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks my friend, for the kind words.

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author avatar jayababy
25th Sep 2011 (#)

Very interesting information about Mother Teresa to remember time and again.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
7th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you Jaya, I'm delighted for your admiration of the great lady.

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author avatar Buzz
25th Sep 2011 (#)

She is a saint in the strict sense. For the church to declare her as such will be mere formality.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
7th Nov 2011 (#)

Yea. Such personalities amaze us with their simplicity and infinite love.

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author avatar Retired
25th Sep 2011 (#)

Glorious tribute to a much loved and inspiring saint. Love this series of yours....bravo on the much deserved star. Namaste- rd

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
25th Sep 2011 (#)

I will treasure this page forever, rathna. I read her prayer and pray for steve and his family.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
7th Nov 2011 (#)

Nice to know that Deepa.
Now Steve and his family are doing well.
Thanks for the concern and kind words.

Sorry for the belated reply.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
27th Sep 2011 (#)

I have read so much about Mother Teresa and you added some wonderful information.
I am still following you! (I accidentally hit on the wrong button).

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
7th Nov 2011 (#)

Hi lovely Ivyevelyn, it's nice you liked it. I follow you too.
Hope there are no more wrong buttons to press.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Sep 2011 (#)

Inspiring thank you Rathnashikamani...

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
7th Nov 2011 (#)

Thanks Delicia, you're a poetic inspiration and I would like to emulate you in nature poetry.

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author avatar Maria Malone
7th Nov 2011 (#)

I love her simple philosophy that she graciously shared, thanks for this wonderful read!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
7th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you Maria,

I'm glad you liked my work. Mother Teresa is an infinite inspiration.

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author avatar Tess Irons
4th Mar 2012 (#)

I was wondering why I missed this page, I realized I still wasn't with Wikinut when you got this published. This is a very powerful message of love, humility, faith, and everything Christian. Thanks for writing this article, Rathna.

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