When the world goes awry, look to women for salvation

by Vista Kalipa

With all the madness going on during the month of March, it onlyseems proper to celebrate the achievements and contributions ofthose who work as an adhesive plaster to a world that seems to befalling into pieces.

History shows us the incredible roles women have played in thisparticular society. Looking back when the forefathers of thisnation resorted on alcohol as the desired cure of man’s problems,women were there to hold things together and keep the world inperspective.

I therefore find it necessary to recognize some of the women whosignificantly impacted the world, and to acknowledge theoutstanding work done by those who are no longer with us.

The late Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India comes to mind as theperson who greatly impacted the world. She redefined benevolenceand was a living example of what it means to devote one’s self tohelping others.

Only after a few years of joining the Sisters of Loreto, whichis an Irish community of nuns performing missions in India, MotherTeresa was granted permission to start her own order, which waslater called The Missionaries of Charity.

Through this order, she devoted herself to caring and lovingthose who never experienced love and compassion. In 1965, Pope PaulVI decided to endorse her good deeds by making her order aninternational religious family.

According to the Nobel Museum, this family “provides effectivehelp to the poorest of the poor in a number of countries in Asia,Africa and Latin America, and they undertake relief work in thewake of natural catastrophes such as floods, epidemics and famine.The order also has houses in North America, Europe and Australia,where they take care of the shut-ins, alcoholics, homeless and AIDSsufferers.”

What started off as a one woman’s job turned into aninternational task. She reached out and touched numerous lives.

The Nobel Museum also recognizes that Mother Teresa’s work hasbeen renowned throughout the world. She received several awards anddistinctions, including the Pope XXIII Peace Prize (1971) and theNehru Prize for her promotion of international peace andunderstanding (1972). She also received the Balzan Prize (1979),the Templeton and Magsaysay awards.

In one of her missions, she was quoted saying, “Let us not besatisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can begot, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your loveeverywhere you go.”

Another great contributor to this society is the late PrincessDiana, who pretty much suffered in silence, but still managed todevote some of her time and energy towards the betterment of theworld.

Some referred to her as the people’s princess for her kind deedsthat surpassed all the negativity she had to endure. Diana used herroyal platform as a means to help alleviate hunger andsuffering.

The late princess of Wales, whose personal suffering hasrecently become part of the public debate, dedicated her royalduties to the sick and the meek, the dying and the needy. She wasone of the first people to publicly dispel the common belief thatshaking hands or even having a social with AIDS victims could be adetrimental move.

The great lives led by these selfless beings inspired a greatdeal of other women. Many more women realized they didn’t even needbigger platforms to make their contributions.

Some started in their own homes and communities by spreading thelove Mother Teresa preached about.

Through their own experiences with this love and care, womenlike the renowned Oprah Winfrey, whose personal experience startedwith the love she received from nuns who brightened her poor homewith Christmas gifts she never expected. Today, Winfrey spreadssome of that love to thousands of individuals across the globe.

There are many more women today who embark along the samejourney as those mentioned above. Known for their strength, courageand nourishing qualities, women will forever be the main glueholding the global community together.

Take a moment this month to recognize the great contributionswomen made in our society.

Take part or at least attend the great line-up of events thatare presented to you this month in recognition of Women’s HistoryMonth.