Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa’s biggest miracle: Chawla

Chawla also believes that the success of Missionaries of Charity had much to do with it starting in Kolkata.

Posted on September 18, 2012, 9:20 PM


The biographer of Mother Teresa says the real miracle of the nun was the Vatican’s acceptance of her plea to leave the convent without quitting the order.

“That the Church gave its assent is nothing short of a miracle, for it had never allowed a nun to leave the convent without excommunicating her from the order. Mother Teresa’s wish was even more audacious,” Naveen Chawla told an English news daily.

She wanted to work alone in a city that was then unsafe as the country had just been born and was in the midst of chaos. “Had Vatican turned down her request like bishops in Kolkata, the Missionaries of Charity might have been nipped in the bud,” said Chawla.

He was in Kolkata to speak on Mother Teresa at the St Xavier’s College auditorium.

Chawla also believes that the success of Missionaries of Charity, which the Blessed Teresa set up in 1950, had much to do with it starting in Kolkata.

“Kolkata is a very compassionate city. People responded to Mother’s goodness and wanted to help her. In no time, she had people rallying around,” he said.


Mother-Teresa- (Photo credit: Peta-de-Aztlan)

There was a streak of obstinacy about the nun. If she thought she would do something, she wouldn’t give up without trying very hard, said the former chief election commissioner, who first came in touch with the saint of gutters at a function in Delhi in 1975.

“For all the 23 years I knew Mother Teresa, I never saw her frown. She would tell me you can’t serve the Lord with a long face. To her, the inmates were the Destitute Christ, the Ailing Christ, the Dying Christ,” he said.

Spread across 123 countries, the former bureaucrat termed the Missionaries of Charity as the largest management exercise in the NGO sector.

English: First Annual (September 2005) Southea...

First Annual Southeastern Eucharistic Congress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chawla said that Blessed Teresa greatly influenced him in his functioning as the chief election commissioner.

“When we went for an election, it involved 3 million electoral staff and 8 million security personnel. Though it is a tough job with immense stress, I tried to be compassionate when dealing with everyone,” he said.

Source: Times of India

English: Picture taken of the sign outside Day...

Sign outside Daya Dan showing Missionaries           of  Charity & founder, Mother Teresa                        (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Cardinal Gracias appointed Synod Father

 The Synod of Bishops would be from Oct. 7-28 in Rome.

Posted on September 19, 2012, 7:26 AM


Vatican City:

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, as one of the 34 Synod Fathers for the next month’s Bishops Synod in Rome.

Another Indian in the list is Fr. Jose Panthaplamthottiyil, prior general of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate congregation.

The 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops scheduled for October 7-28 will address the theme “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”

Senate and Synod

Senate and Synod Building. (Photo credit: Kwong Yee Cheng)

The Synod Fathers include 10 cardinals, one patriarch, 11 archbishops, eight bishops and four priests.

The other Asian in the list is Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle of Manila, Philippines.

The participants in the Synod of Bishops are called the Synod Fathers.

They include patriarchs, major archbishops, metropolitans of the Eastern Catholic Churches, bishops elected by the Eastern Catholic Churches, bishops elected by the Episcopal Conferences, ten representatives of clerical religious institutes, the heads of the departments of the Roman curia, and other representatives appointed by the Pope.

Pope Paul VI established the Synod of Bishops on September 15, 1965 in response to the desire of the participants of the Second Vatican Council to foster the spirit of collegiality they experienced at the council.

The Synod opens with the celebration of Mass and the hymn, Veni, Creator Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit).

The Synod sessions are closed to the public and the Synod Fathers are bound by secrecy about the proceedings and the votes.

If needed, the Commission for Information on the Synod holds press conferences about specific matters related to the Synod.

The last synod held four years ago addressed the theme, “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.”

Source: visnews-en.blogspot.in/ catholicbishops.org

Synod Fathers , Cardinal Oswald Gracias , Bombay Archbishop , Jose Panthaplamthottiyil
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