If Christ is present in the poor, then the heart of Christ must be in Calcutta.
You can’t escape the suffering and hardship that seethes in the streets amid the dust, noise and smog of the city.
When I set off on this journey to seek Mother Teresa, to really understand her faith, one of my initial questions was, why Calcutta? Now that I’m here, that question has been answered.
When she arrived here in the late 1920s she taught and administered at the St. Teresa School as a novice with the Sisters of Loreto — it was her first exposure to the extreme poverty that endures here today. When she received her “call within a call,” she departed, only to return to St. Teresa’s to start her first “slum school.” This is also where she began her first dispensary, on a staircase.
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