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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 15 .ptember 6, 1996 other Teresa from page 14 poor, we must be poor our- In addition the Missionaries Charity -- sisters and broth- -- take a fourth vow of and free service the poorest of the poor." Mother Teresa once ex- "This vow means that cannot work for the rich; nei- can we accept any money what we do. Ours is to be a service and to the poor." In 1952, Mother Teresa Nirmal Hriday (Pure art) Home for Dying Desti- a dormitory -- formerly hostel attached to a Hindu )le dedicated to the god Kali donated by the city of Cal- Although some of those ken in survive, the primary of the home is, as one of Charity ex- to be "a shelter where dying poor may die in dig- r." Tens of thousands of peo- have been cared for in the ened. The Missionaries of Charity gan caring for leprosy pa- ints in 1957. When Pope Paul visited Bombay, India, in he gave Mother Teresa a ceremonial Lincoln Con- given to him by people the United States. She raffled the car and raised enough oney to finance a center for prosy victims in the Indian of West Bengal. Twenty-one years later, when esident Ronald Reagan pre- nted her with the presidential edal of Freedom at the White he called her a "heroine our times" and noted that the laque honoring her described "saint of the gutters." also joked that Mother might be the first award to take the plaque and belt it down to get money for poor. Mother Teresa's attitude to- money was that "God will "Money -- I never think of it," said. "It always comes. Lord sends it, We do his he provides the means. If does not give us the means, t shows he does not want the So why worry?" Once the chairman of a large Ldustrial company offered Teresa a property that her home for the dying in Bombay. He asked her work was financed, she asked him what made come to her with his offer. "I felt an urge inside me," he "Well," she said, "other peol)le you come to see me, and say the same. That is my Her combination of serene, faith and direct, practi- y often amazed those came in contact with her. In 1982, when Israeli troops holding Beirut, Lebanon, siege in an effort to root Palestine Liberation Or- Mother Teresa vis- a community of her nuns at ;pring School, a home for the in east Beirut. It was her Lrst visit in a war zone but not [eeting with Red Cross offi- about relief needs, she sked what their most serious oblem was. They took her to a mental hospital that had mediate evacuation of 37 men- tally and physically handi- capped children. "I'll take them," she said. "What stunned everyone was her energy and efficiency," a Red Cross official involved in the evacuation said afterward. "She saw the problem, fell to her knees and prayed for a few sec- onds, and then she was rattling off a list of supplies she needed -- nappies (diapers), plastic pants, chamber pots. We didn't expect a saint to be so efficient.". In February 1994, she met President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the National Prayer Breakfast. Plans for a house for infants and children grew out of a discussion between Mrs. Clinton and Mother Teresa, and a dedication ceremony for Mother Teresa's Home for Infants in Chevy Chase, Md., was held June 19, 1995. In recent years, Mother Teresa often appeared high on lists of the world's most admired women. But she and her work were not widely known until 1968, when the noted British journalist and TV personality Malcolm Muggeridge, a cur- .mudgeonly intellectual and caustic social critic, produced the television documentary on her, "Something Beautiful for God." His TV documentary and 1971 book by the same title were the first major popular works on Mother Teresa, who has since been the subject of several books and thousands of magazine and newspaper articles. When Muggeridge and his wife, Kitty, became Catholics in November 1982, he attributed his conversion largely to Mother Teresa. "Words cannot convey how be- holden I am to her," he wrote in The Times of London. "She has given me a whole new vision of what being a Christian means: of the amazing power of love, and how in one dedicated soul, it can burgeon to cover the whole world." Popes, rarely known to praise still-living individuals for sanc- tity, have not hesitated to hold Mother Teresa up as.a symbol of what it means to be a Chris- tian. Awarding her the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, Pope Paul VI proclaimed her "an example and symbol of the dis- covery of the secret of peace... that man is our brother." "We hold up to the admiration of all this intrepid messenger of the love of Christ," Pope Paul said when he announced that she would be the first recipient of the award. Mother Teresa used the $25,000 prize to establish a home for leprosy patients. Pope John Paul II has invited Mother Teresa to visit, him al- most every time she has been in Rome. In 1980 he named her one of five auditors to that year's Synod of Bishops, where in a half-hour address she asked the assembled bishops to give the world holy priests. In 1982 as she was about to leave Rome for war-torn Lebanon, Pope John Paul in- vited her to the podium at an audience and declared that she "already knows" the language of peace because it belonged to her "Christian spirituality, to her , requinngim-.. S9 .ul, to hr geniusWhey.heart." He then publicly thanked God "for having sent among us Mother Teresa, whom we all ad- mire for her simplicity, her au- thenticity, her apostolate." Amid the many accolades, however, Mother Teresa has not been without her critics. In 1994, British journalist Christopher Hitchens released a video, "Hell's Angel -- Mother Teresa of Calcutta," in which he accused her of being, among other things, a fraud and a "ghoul' of providing inadequate and dangerous medical treat- ment for patients; of taking money for her personal gain; and of using her fame to "pro- mote the agenda of a funda- mentalist pope." In 1981, Mercy Sister Camille D'Arienzo, a teacher at Brook- lyn College, and Sister Mary Loyola Engel of Rockville Cen- tre, N.Y., a former superior gen- eral of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus, said that Mother Teresa personified a pre-Second Vatican Council view of faith that did not address systemic evils, such as defense spending. "! really think Mother Teresa is being used as a good', safe model," Sister D'Arienzo said. "Every priest can put her on a pedestal and say to women, 'Be docile, do your womanly thing, but don't get out and criticize anything else."' Many American nuns, said New York Daily News columnist Dick Ryan, were quietly critical of Mother Teresa's lack of ac- ceptance of or support for their lifestyle and their self-image as American religious women in- tent on fostering social justice and religious renewal. For Mother Teresa, love for the dying, the scandal of abortion and the superobedient servant- hood of women are paramount -- to the exclusion of such issues as social problems and male domination in the church, Ryan said. American columnist Colman McCarthy sought to answer the critics. "Undoubtedly," he wrote, "Mother Teresa would be much closer to the orthodoxies of American social improvement if she were more the reformer and less the comforter. But instead of committee reports on how many people she's moved 'above the poverty line,' all she has are some stories of dying outcasts. Instead of acting sensibly by get- ting a grant to create a program to eliminate poverty, she moves into a neighborhood to share it. "When Mother Teresa speaks of 'sharing poverty,' she defies the logic of institutions that pre- fer agendas for the poor, not communion with individual poor people. Communion disregards conventional approaches. It may never find a job for someone, much less ever get him shaped up. Thus the practitioners of communion are called irrele- vant. They may get stuck -- as is Mother Teresa -- with being labeled a saint." SCRIPTURE SEARCH By Patricia Kasten IN MY NAME Gospel for Sunday, September 8, 1 996 Matthew ! 8:!.R-20 Following is a word search based on the Gospel reading for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, A Cycle, a lesson on community building. The word clues are left to right in the order in which they appear in the reading. IF YOUR AGAINST GO AND POINT FAULT LISTENS TO YOU SO THAT EVERY THREE CHURCH GENTILE COLLECTOR EARTH BOUND HEAVEN LOOSED , TELL IF TWO ANYTHING MY FATHER GATHERED NAME T N ! O W T F A U G E O N L Y ! I O H T T T N V E L N G O A C E N A M O P L ! 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