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HIDALGO COLINTY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014 7 Just A Thought Mother Teresa, small things with great love By RICK KRAFT On this year's Mother's Day weekend, let's honor Mother Teresa... "Whatever you neglected to do unto one of the least of these, you neglected to do unto me!" Words from the Bible found at Matthew 25:40 provided inspi- ration for an amazing lady who lived her life modeling this scrip- ture. There was not a star in the sky over the hospital when Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhin en- tered this world on August 27, 1910 in Yugoslavia. Later known a,; Mother Teresa, until she turned Rick Kraft 18, she had not thought of becoming a nun. But at age 18 she began her religious life in Ireland attending 'Our Lady of Loreto' and leaving her family and the only life she had known. She was never to see her mother again. At age 36 her "second call- ing" took her to Calcutta, India where she took a unique ap- proach in her ministry by "tak- ing it to the streets" and moving into the slums to serve God among the poorest of poor. Mother Teresa made decisions that impacted the world, one life at a time. In an other humbling move, Mother Tc;resa decided she would set aside the habit she had worn during her years as a nun and wear the ordinary dress of an Indian woman: a plain white sari and sandals. Mother Teresa modeled ser- vant lead,rship each step that she took on this planet. She was once asked about assisting fin the creation of a gran- diose hospital that would be named after her. Mother Teresa was askcd to think about all of the lives that the hospital could help and how all who entered would see her name. Without missing ;a beat, her response was quick: "God did not call me min- ister to the millions, but to minis- ter to the: one in front of me." Her concern was not the masses, just to meet the needs of the one in  front or her. Go& blessed Mother Teresa :5 IN LOVING MEMORY Olll0000 d, 2007 Your Smile with many years. Most of us re- member her as a small, fragile, older woman who walked slowly. Some of you may have had the honor of meeting her. I watched a movie about her life produced by 20th Century Fox entitled, "Mother Teresa :' It was interest- ing to see her as a young lady and to see how she "bucked the system" to live among the poor. Once when she was in Calcutta, In- dia, Mother Teresa was tending to a wound on a leprous person when a couple of American tourists came by and saw her bandaging his wound. One tour- ist asked, "Mother Teresa, can I take your picture?" Without look- ing up she said, "Sure," and so the American tourist took the pic- ture. The tourist stepped back and whispered to the other sharing, "I wouldn't do that for a million dollars." Mot-her Teresa, over- hearing the comment, continued to tend to the wound and again without looking up said, "neither would I!" Mother Teresa just had a dif- ferent way of looking at life. It wasn't about what others could do for her, it was about how she could serve God by helping oth- ers. , In her talk to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. on February 3, 1994, Mother Teresa opened her comments with words from Matthew 25:35, "On the last day, Jesus will say to those on His right hand,' Come, enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me.' Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, 'Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me drink, I was sick and you did not visit me.' These will ask Him, 'When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to Your help?' And Jesus will answer them, 'Whatever you neglected to do unto one of the least of these, you neglected to do unto me!'" She continued later in her The ugh your smile is gone foreveL Amd your hand we cannot touch, We still have many memories of The one we loved so much. Your memory is our keepsake, With which we never part. God has you in His keeping, We have you in our hearts. Sadly missed,, ] I talk saying "It is not enough for us to say: 'I love God,' but I also have to love my neighbor. St. John says that you are a liar if you say you love God and you don't love your neighbor. How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live?" Later in her talk she shared about one she had ministered to. "Those who are materially poor can be very wonderful people. One evening we went out and we picked up four people from the street. And one of them was in a most terrible condition. I told the Sisters: 'You take care of the other three; I will take care of the one who looks worse.' So I did for her all that my love can do. I put her in bed, and there was such a beau- tiful smile on her face. "She took hold of my hand, as she said one word only: 'thank you' -and she died. "I could not help but exam- ine my conscience before her. And I asked: 'What would I say if I were in her place?' And my answer was very simple. I would have tried to draw a little attention to myself. I would have said: 'I am hungry, I am dying, I am cold, I am in pain,' or something. But she gave me much more - she gave me her grateful love. And she died with a smile on her face" Mother Teresa was a person making a difference, one life at a time. She lived her life one day at a time, ministering to one life at a time. On September 5, 1997, Mother Teresa went to be with the God, whom she had served each day of her life here on earth. Up until her death she continued to work with the poorest of poor, depending on God to meet her every need. My challenge to you today is to learn from the model set for us by Mother Teresa. Who has been placed in front of you for you to meet his or her needs? Each of us has the power to change this world, one life at a time. Is your life about you? Or is it about others? Humbly downp[aying h'er significance in this world, Mother Teresa described herself as "God's pencil--a tiny bit of pencil with Which He writes what He likes." What does your pencil write? As Mother Teresa often shared "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." Our world would be a differ- ent place if it were packed with Mother Teresas. If our world was packed with people just like you, what would our world be like? Would it be a better or worse world to live in? There is noth- ing that keeps any of us from be- ing as effective as Mother Teresa, but it happens one choice at a time. Make your choices carefully, their sum total will be your life... Just a thought.,. Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ kraftandhunter.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. Historic Panoramic Photograph for sale Lot 1916 00burg 49 "x 8 " printed on foam core board--can be framed or displayed without a frame. Can be seen at the Hidalgo County Herald. $:20 Call Edmund Sancedo at 575-542-9716 $20 LOCAL FOOl) In Hidalgo County? AvMIAbI[ Now AI lilt Saturday, 5/3/4 4-$ PM fMrqrounds: MLSIARD Bountiful Baskets @ Animas GRL[NS & SPINACH Elementary School Gardening Tip: Mix a little Monday, 515/14 3-5 PM ,shredded newspaper Garden Prep @ Elks Lodge Garden into your dirt betore, ,  , planting to help Saturday, 5/Io/14 9AM-tz hold moisture. " ' Gardening Class @ Old Walf:r at Nighl Io consERv[ wattr! II0000,%o C ooot00 Fooa .bFl.lT  HIII.;o. HMS, NMSLI E_.,.,,*o, 5,,,',,,--, For more informatitm, like us on vx -w. [acvbook.com / hida|gocou a tyfoodcoalition znd www, facebook,e.m/ hidalgohr mersmafketandmercado PoodTact: An avocado has more than twice as much. potassium as a banana. Healthy Site of the Week: http:Hwww, fooOnetwork.Corn/ healthy/Packages/ healthy.every.week.htrnl Roadrunner Food Bank - Feed, Seed, and Lead - www.rrfb.org A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg Photo courtesy MARY HELEN RENTERIA NOLAN/Silver City First Holy Communion, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1955 Left to right: Gloria Galvan (Martinez), Mary Helen Renteria (Notan) and Alice Alvarez (Sanchez) Gloria, Mary Helen and Alice were born and raised in Lordsburg. They attended the Lordsburg schools and graduated from Lordsburg High School in 1966. Glorit is the widow of the late Abran Martinez, Mary Helen is married to Lonnie Nolan and Alice is married to Edmundo Sanchez. 19 th annual Silver City Blues Festival to feature 11 outstanding acts Submitted by MRAClSilver City Felix y Los Gates and also held foods. Over the weekend, be sure Memorial Day weekend is at The Toad, showcases Festival to visit downtown Silver City just around the corner and that musicians in a more intimate set- shops and galleries. For maps and means it's time once again for the ting. Tickets to both events are details, refer to one of the Silver Southwest's City Blues u n p a r a 1 - [ Festival Pro- 1 e 1 e d gram Guides FREE mu- or visit the sical event, M R A C t h e website at M i m b r e s www.mimbres R e g i o n arts.org. A r t s The Sil- Council's ver City (MRAC) Blues Festi- Silver City val sup- Blues Fes-  ported by our tival. Kick- sponsors : ingoffFri- L a w 1 e y day, May Toyota of Sil- 23, 2014, ver City, and wrap- Wells Fargo, ping up Mastercraft Smday af- Metals, the ternoon, Silver City May 25, MRAC will bring the $12. brightest rising Blues stars, as Two workshops by Festival Sun News, WNMU, .J&J Signs, well as classic and legendary per- musicians will be held on Sun- Holiday Inn Express, Red Hook/ formers to downtown Silver City. day. The History of Funk, led by Premier Distributors, WNM Com- Presented in Silver City's Gough Iya Khan, is scheduled for 12:3% munications, Gila Regional Park with additional activities l:30pm, tickets $10. Roy Book Medical Center, Gila Hike & and events occurring throughout Binder hosts "Ragtime Blues of Bike, Century Link, DeMent Silver City, this is a true Blues My Mentor, the Rev. Gary Davis" Electric, Chuck Johnson- State Lovers Experience. from 2:30-3:30, tickets $20 at the Farm Insurance, James Edd Nine Saturday and Sunday MRAC office or online. Hughs- Edward Jones Invest- performances are FREE to the The Blues Festival also ments, Copper Manor/Red Barn public and will be held at Gough plays host to a diverse array of Steakhouse, and the Town of Sil- Park, located at 12th and Pope artisans from across the region, ver City. Our media sponsor is Q Streets. This year's headliners in- Handmade and one-of-a-kind fi- 92.9 FM. clude Alvin Youngblood Hart's bey arts pieces, pottery, and jew- For details, tickets, photos Muscle Theory on Saturday night elry can be found in the Artisans and additional information visit and Mingo Fishtrap capping off Alley framing the park. While our website at: Sunday's line-up. Rounding out you are browsing and shopping, www.mimbresarts.org, like us on the Saturday line-up are Iya Khan, stopby any of the many food ven- Facebook at facebook.com/ Blue Monday, the Memphis P- dor booths to sample a variety of mimbresarts.org, or call us at 575- Tails and Studebaker John and traditional festival and ethnic 538-2505. the Hawks. Sunday get ready for Roy Book Binder, Kelley Hunt, /,/j[dip  /, dt['d/ and perennial favorite Hazel Miller with her full band. '/ _, For those who want to keep . , We may not say it often the fun going after hours, F.elix y Los Gates, back by popular de- enough, but you are loved Bullardmand'Kick-offplaYstreet,DancethewithFridaYat thesilverToadeVeningcity,sOn ' and appreciated more Roadrunners opening the show at .... , than words can say. 7pm. Bullard Street outside The Toad will be closed to traffic for  ot.e-l)a#a, Andrew, ]obnna, /tmanda, the event. 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