Friday, May 10, 2013

Mother's Day

Very few women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.... 
but Mother Theresa received the Nobel Peace Prize~

In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace."

She refused the conventional ceremonial banquet given to laureates, and asked that the $192,000 funds be given to the poor in India, stating that earthly rewards were important only if they helped her help the world's needy.

When Mother Teresa received the prize, she was asked,
"What can we do to promote world peace?"

She answered "Go home and love your family."

Building on this theme in her Nobel Lecture, she said: "Around the world, not only in the poor countries, but I found the poverty of the West so much more difficult to remove. When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread, I have satisfied. I have removed that hunger.

But a person that is shut out, that feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person that has been thrown out from society—that poverty is so hurtable and so much, and I find that very difficult."

Speaking of Nobel Laureates, the Dalai Lama spoke here yesterday. His message included the following concepts~

• We are all brothers & sisters
• The Oneness of Humanity is the foundation of inner peace, and world peace
• The more you have a sense of concern for others, you benefit yourself by doing so
• "In terms of community, Action is more important than prayer".
• The 21st Century should be the Century of Dialogue. 

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