Posted by: Jim E | January 17, 2010

New Stamp…Mother Teresa…

Mother Teresa has always been of interest to me…I suppose her total commitment to her calling and her service to God…I have had great respect for what she did with her life…

There was a short article in Saturday’s paper here in Little Rock…it was about the new Mother Teresa, 44 cent stamp that is being released this summer by the U. S. Postal Service…August 26th is the centennial of her birth…a few other countries have already release stamps of the Catholic nun, who dedicated her life to serving the poorest of the poor…

Mother Teresa was born in what is now Macedonia, she served as a parochial school teacher in Calcutta, India, from 1931 to 1948 before shifting her focus to those who lived in the city’s slums…in 1950 she founded Missionaries of Charity…she said these missionaries would care for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the leper, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society.”

She started with a few volunteers in India…now the Missionaries of Charity number in the thousands, serving the poor around the world…including here in Little Rock…she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979…and no doubt earned it…in 1996, the U. S. Congress granted honorary citizenship to Mother Teresa…she also spoke out strongly against abortion her whole life…”a true hero of the unborn”…

It is rare for a major religious figure to appear on a U. S. Stamp these days…the criteria, added in 1985, states: “Stamps or stationery items shall not be issued to honor religious institutions or individuals whose principal achievements¬† are associated with religious undertakings or beliefs.”…(a result, no doubt, of political correctness and the ever-present separation of church and state folks)…A Postal Service spokesman said that nun is being honored for her good works, not her spiritual achievements…

I have always said, “there is no difference between sacred and secular…all of life is spiritual”…I think Mother Teresa would have agreed with that…all life is a spiritual journey…I think she “outfoxed” them…because for her, I’m sure, all of what she did was spiritual…not just sacred…not just secular (good works)…but spiritual…

It lead her to say in her later life, in answer to a question about what would happen to “her ministry” when she died…her response was something like this: “It’s none of my business.”…in other words…we will leave that to God…I don’t know how many would be that focused on the spiritual…that would not want to “assure” their legacy…she was going to leave that to God…

Mother Teresa died in 1997, at age 87, in her beloved Calcutta…

Well, at least there will be a stamp…

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