In addition to promoting literacy, Teresa taught the children basic hygiene. She visited their families, inquiring about their needs and helping provide for them when she could.
Word began to spread about Mother Teresa’s good works, and soon she had other volunteers wanting to help. By 1950 she was able to start the Mission of Charity – a congregation dedicated to caring for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.”
She went on to open a hospice for the poor, a home for sufferers of leprosy, and a home for orphans and homeless youths.
A symbol of varied meanings, the single white rose has long signified the purity between lovers who exchange the flower or the purity and innocence of the soul or person receiving it. Contrary to the passion associated with a single red rose, a single white rose acknowledges everlasting love, honor and respect, especially when given to a person of authority or esteem or when used as part of a celebration or event.
Their pure color conveys respect, pays homage to new starts and expresses hope for the future. Historically, the white rose symbolized innocence and purity.
How perfect for this white rose to be a symbol for Mother Teresa.
She was respected by so many, and always had so much hope for our future.
AND……. for the innocence of the little children she took care of.
I hope you have enjoyed these weeks ~ sharing with you about Mother Teresa.
Next week will be our last post for Mother Teresa ~
Until next time.
Enjoy your long weekend.