"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." ~Mother Teresa
Renown for her heart for and servitude toward the unloved, the forgotten, and the poor, Mother Teresa founded a Roman Catholic congregation called Missionaries of Charity. This incredible organization, comprised largely of nuns, serves people who are suffering and dying from HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis. Running soup kitchens, dispensaries, mobile clinics, children's and family counselling programs, orphanages, and schools, the members of this congregation's self-less compassion and service to the poor is a testimony to their founder and their faith.
Mother Teresa left a legacy of love through her lifetime spent in the slums of Calcutta, India where she endeavored to help the poorest of the poor, even while spending her first year in India as a street beggar herself, hungering and starving for compassion and food.
After opening a school to feed and care for the poor and hungry, beginning a religious community to further extend that aid, starting a hospice to give honor and dignity to the dying of all faiths, founding orphanages and leper houses to love and treat the vulnerable, each extension of the Missionaries of Charity perpetuated her vision and efforts to love others unconditionally. Considered a lifelong example of international peace and devoted humanitarianism, Mother Teresa was eventually canonized as a saint after her death.
Whether you choose to gift this beautiful handmade ornament to a Catholic schoolteacher or your best friend, to a child for a Holy Communion or keep for your own decor, you will know that you are continuing the work of Mother Teresa when you purchase it. Hand-felted by marginalized women artisans in Kyrgyzstan who work with Silk Road Bazaar to create new futures for themselves and their families through sustainable employment and income, through education and health resources. You are helping to change the world for the better, one life, one heart at a time.
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." ~Mother Teresa