“Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families.” By Mother Teresa.

Visiting Mother Teresa center of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata was a heartbreaking event for me. In the center, there is an ongoing exhibition featuring highlights from her life and work, while the main hall is her final resting place…

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The center is located at Bose Road, where the poorest of the poor lives, and also the most chaotic part of the city. Despite the madness surrounding, everything within the compound looks extremely neat and clean.

In the exhibition, apart from the long list of Mother’s life highlights, it also displays her remains –

her sandals,
hand bag,
plate 
pen box,
sari (though not unique to Mother, wearing a sari was a new way of dressing for a Catholic nun in 1947),
habit (the distinctive dress worn by a religious sister),
blanket,
small towel,
her wheelchair (during last 2 yrs of her life) which she called it, “my gari” (my car) and
pages of her handwritten prayer book,

There is also a page of her handwritten ‘Explanation of the constitutions (1950)’, while she wrote this explanation late at nite while kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament.

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Mother Teresa’s bedroom is still well kept on the second floor in the center. It is small, good enough to put one single bed, a table, a bench and some small shelves.

From Mother Teresa’s remains I can imagine her lifestyle with little possession of the material world. Her wheelchair is tiny, all remains look ordinary…

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