Love in Action
It all began more than 40 years ago when a young nun of Slav descent received call to leave her convent in Calcutta and among the poorest of the poor. Today Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, a small army of Sisters, Brothers, priests and volunteers, bring love and caring to hundreds of thousands of the sick, hungry and homeless in 71 countries around the world.
Who is Mother Teresa, and why does her Order continue to flourish while other missionary groups decline in numbers? To find out, Reader’s Digest roving editor Courtney Tower spent seven weeks following Mother Teresa and visiting her leper colonies, AIDS facilities, schools, soup kitchens and homes for the dying and destitute. In this moving special report, he tells how she has built her life around the belief that in serving the poorest we directly serve God.
Before the 6am mass, an old nun prays alone on the floor of the scrubbed white chapel at Commissioner Lane in New Delhi, India. Then a dozen Sisters in white cotton saris trimmed with blue come to fit their voices_ “God is good! God is truth! God is love! Praise Him!” A group of unwed mothers of many faiths arrives. Several children are brought in by novice Sisters, one of whom gently tries to quiet an 18-old boy. The old nun relaxes her intense devotion and looks up with a quick smile. An Indian priest says the mass.
“The mass is ended,” says the priest. “Go in peace.” The Missionaries of Charity leave, chatting gaily, followed by 15 cheerful children, the young mothers, the priest and a foreign visitor. A