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Jill Bachman

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Re: A TRIBUTE TO ALL MOTHERS
4/26/2009 2:12:17 PM

Hi Alain,

This is the most beautiful forum and tribute to Mothers I have ever seen.  I just got completely engrossed in reading each section and my hat is off to you!

I am honored to be your friend!  :-)

Here is my favorite picture and a tribute to our beautiful Earth Mother.

http://netpros.homestead.com/earthsunandus.jpg

Cheers,  Jill
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4/26/2009 2:30:16 PM

 

 

 

Why Women Cry

A little boy asked his mother, "Why are you crying?"

"Because I'm a woman," she told him.

"I don't understand," he said.

His Mom just hugged him and said, "And you never will."

Later the little boy asked his father,
"Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?"

"All women cry for no reason," was all his dad could say.

The little boy grew up and became a man,
still wondering why women cry.

Finally he put in a call to God.
When God answered, he asked,
"God, why do women cry so easily?"

God said:
"When I made the woman she had to be Special.
I made Her Shoulders strong enough
to carry the weight of the world,
yet gentle enough to give comfort.

I gave Her an Inner Strength
to endure childbirth
and the rejection
that many times comes from her children.

I gave Her a Hardness
that allows her to keep going
when everyone else gives up,
and take care of her family
through sickness and fatigue without complaining.

I gave Her the sensitivity to Love her children
under any and All circumstances,
even when her child has Hurt Her Very Badly!

I gave Her Strength to carry her husband through his faults
and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.
I gave her Wisdom to know
that a good husband Never Hurts his wife,
but sometimes tests her strengths
and her resolve to stand beside him unfaltering.

And finally, I gave her a tear to shed.
This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed."

"You see my son," said God,
"the Beauty of a Woman is not
in the clothes she wears,
the figure that she carries,
or the way she combs her hair.

The Beauty of a woman must be seen in Her Eyes,
because that is the doorway to Her Heart
- the place where Love resides."

(Author unknown)

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Alain Deguire

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Re: A TRIBUTE TO ALL MOTHERS
4/26/2009 2:50:24 PM

Hello Dear Jill!

I am so Happy to see You Visiting us here... this is an honor! THANK YOU!

and, THANK YOU for your kind words as well... Much Appreciated!

There are so many wonderful ways of representing our Mother Earth... Isn't it?

Thank You for sharing this great one... Here is another one...

With Friendship,

Blessings,

Alain

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Alain Deguire

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Re: A TRIBUTE TO ALL MOTHERS
4/26/2009 2:55:04 PM

Hello Dearest Branka!

This is such a great contribution to this amazing tribute to Mothers...

I had seen and read it in the past but, I am very happy that you bring it here... A wonderful recognition of some of the amazing attributes of women... THANKS!

Blessings,

Alain

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Alain Deguire

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Re: A TRIBUTE TO ALL MOTHERS
4/26/2009 4:48:20 PM

Hello Dearest Fiends,

I would like to pay a tribute to another of our Spiritual Mothers...

Blessed Mother Teresa Portrait

Biography

Mother TeresaMother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje*, Macedonia, on August 26**, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. At the age of twelve, she felt strongly the call of God. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ. At the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. After a few months' training in Dublin she was sent to India, where on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that in 1948 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Although she had no funds, she depended on Divine Providence, and started an open-air school for slum children. Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, and financial support was also forthcoming. This made it possible for her to extend the scope of her work.

On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order, "The Missionaries of Charity", whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after. In 1965 the Society became an International Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI.

Today the order comprises Active and Contemplative branches of Sisters and Brothers in many countries. In 1963 both the Contemplative branch of the Sisters and the Active branch of the Brothers was founded. In 1979 the Contemplative branch of the Brothers was added, and in 1984 the Priest branch was established.

The Society of Missionaries has spread all over the world, including the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries. They provide effective help to the poorest of the poor in a number of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and they undertake relief work in the wake of natural catastrophes such as floods, epidemics, and famine, and for refugees. The order also has houses in North America, Europe and Australia, where they take care of the shut-ins, alcoholics, homeless, and AIDS sufferers.

The Missionaries of Charity throughout the world are aided and assisted by Co-Workers who became an official International Association on March 29, 1969. By the 1990s there were over one million Co-Workers in more than 40 countries. Along with the Co-Workers, the lay Missionaries of Charity try to follow Mother Teresa's spirit and charism in their families.

Mother Teresa's work has been recognised and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971) and the Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972). She also received the Balzan Prize (1979) and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards.

From Nobel Lectures, Peace 1971-1980, Editor-in-Charge Tore Frängsmyr, Editor Irwin Abrams, World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore, 1997

This autobiography/biography was written at the time of the award and first published in the book series Les Prix Nobel. It was later edited and republished in Nobel Lectures. To cite this document, always state the source as shown above.

Blessings to all of You from the Heart,

Alain

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