M. M. Ninan
CHAPTER ONE: FAMILY OF MOTHER TERESA
CHAPTER TWO: EDUCATION AND LORENTO MISSION IN IRELAND
THREE: SISTER MARY TERESA I.B.V.M
FOUR: MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY
CHAPTER SIX: MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY GO
SEVEN: THE FAMILY MOTHER TERESA
CHAPTER EIGHT: DEATH AND BEATIFICATION
CHAPTER NINE: DARK NIGHTS OF THE SOUL
CHAPTER TEN: THEOLOGY OF
Teresa was announced as a saint there had been a lot of books available on
her life and work. Hence this will
be a feeble attempt alongside of all those.
Our family came to know mother in 1978 when Mother came to Yemen
with her two nuns to start a home in Sanaa. It so happenned
that they were both from Kerala - Sister Thomas and Sister Cherian - which also was my state. There were no churches in Sanaa (or even in all North Yemen) other than the
International Christian Fellowship which met in the American embassy where
I was the Moderator which started only in 1974. It included all christian
groups from all over the world Ethiopia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, America,
Canada, Australia etc. Etc. I had
also a separate service meant solely for the Syrian Christian Community
from Kerala which met in my house.
As such I was also the President of the Indian Association and of
the Malayalee Associans
in that city. So it was natural that
these nuns sought me out as they needed lot of initial help. They did not have an established home
there yet. Mother Teresa became an
honored guest in my house. My wife
was of similar mindset as Mother. Wherever
we have been working - Ethiopia, Ghana, Jamaica, Sudan etc- she got
involved in the programs for the deaf and blind in those countries. So this
was her open gate in Yemen. She immeadiately invited all the Ambassodors
and the Government authorities in the city to meet Mother Teresa over a
dinner when Mother explained her plans in that country and solicited their
help. Thus she became a constant
visitor to our house till I left the country in 1980.
Teresa may not be considered as a theologian as is normally understood, her
understanding of "God as the Father of all mankind and her emphais on God's love as expressed through Jesus on the
cross" is shown through life.
In Indian terminology, She is a Karma Yogi who preaches through her
actions. It does not matter whether they are Christians or non-Christians,
Jesus still loves them and his death is still payment for their sins too
whether they know it or not. Christians are the elect called out for the
purpose of redemption of all the world. Mother believed that the service of
alleviating pain and suffering is best done by identifying with the sufferers.
(Was that not what Jesus did?) That is exactly what she did. No one who has actually seen her in action can never question
her sincerity nor her effectiveness. We remember her and thank God
for what she had started here on earth.
Her work is not completed but it is still in action.