Women of Justice – Mother Teresa 1

I was pondering this quote…

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Mother Teresa

How easy it is to judge, debate, measure and value another person or their contribution?

How easy is it to be overwhelmed with our own challenges and needs? How easy is to look at ourselves and wonder how on earth we can make really a difference?

But some people see all the same obstacles and just start with personal acts of justice: standing up, speaking up, giving small, giving big, loving generously, living beyond themselves.

One woman did just that and ended up changing the world. Recently I read this passage from a blog at Goalcast.com, that inspired me around Mother Teresa and her life story.

“Mother Teresa was an inspiration to countless millions for her lifelong devotion to the neediest and most vulnerable of the world. The selflessness and sacrifice with which she lived her own life made her an international symbol of charitable work, and the love and compassion she showed the destitute of all faiths won her a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, which she donated entirely to the poor.
Mother Teresa found her inspiration in Catholic teachings but won widespread affection and admiration in her adopted home of Calcutta, India by respecting local customs and beliefs and always placing our common humanity above religious divisions. By 2013, the charitable organization she had set up, the Missionaries of Charity, had spread to 700 missions in 130 countries, providing soup kitchens, centres for family assistance, orphanages, schools, hospitals and homes for people with diseases such as leprosy, AIDS and tuberculosis.”

We too can stand tall in the interests of others. It’s a magnificent view!
– Kelley

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.

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  • Wendy Dolan

    What a magnificent article describing the work of a valuable woman of God. The World chose to shine a light on the things she does yet for many years prior those things were done from her own conviction of what she chose to be her path in life.

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