“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus. ”Hearing these words, can you guess who she is? Yes, that is Mother Teresa and my fovourite quotation about love is just from her “not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. ” Mother Teresa had devoted her whole life to minister to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying mainly in poor areas of India and other countries.
From the photo we can see that Mother Teresa is a very thin and weak woman with a small face full of wrinkles like an old and dry trunk of the tree. However, it is she who received 1979 nobel peace prize but refused the conventional ceremonial banquet given to laureates, and asked that the $192,000 funds be given to the poor in India. It is she who was named 18 times in the yearly Gallup’s most admired man and woman poll? as one of the ten women around the world that Americans admired most.
How can a skinny woman like her managed to do those things? I have been thinking for a long time, the answer lies in the quotation “do small things with great love”. As we all know, not everyone was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, so we have the ability to donate a large amount of money to charities; not everyone can reach the top position like president or chairman that can decide the life and death of millions of people; not everyone can be the hero that salve the world from disasters.
We are just ordinary people with an ordinary life, usually timid not courageous, thoughtful but not determined, kind but afraid to show it, but it dose not mean we are not important, because everything matters if is done with great love even it is very small. The quotation of Mother Teresa tells us the very truth, that is, help and love the people around you , even the favor is so small but the great love behind it is priceless, and this love can grow and be passed to every corner of the world.
I would like to tell you a story of Zhang Shuangbin,the writer of a book called the women in wartime, which is a research report of the sex slaves caught by the Japanese army during the second world war in ShanXi Province. Mr. Zhang is a teacher in a small primary school of countryside in ShanXi. In 1980s he accidently met an old women collecting earheads in filed and was deeply moved by her story. That woman is the first war victim from mainland China who accused Japanese army of sex violence during the wartime.
What you do not know is that it took Mr. Zhang 10 years to persuade the old woman to speak out the truth to the whole world, because those women are usually ashamed to talk about the life as a comfort woman . In order to look for those witness and victim alive, he went to hundreds of mountains and villages and surveyed thousands of women, and has written 100 thousands of reports, providing valid evidence for suing Japanese government. After reading his book, I am not only shocked by the nasty and brutal thing done to those poor women but also impressed by Mr. Zhang’s determination and persistence. Then I finally contacted with Mr. Zhang through QQ, and he told me that there are many old women living in poor condition in rural area, because they have been raped by Japanese and nobody wanted to marry them. As a result, they have no offspring to take care of.
Suddenly I came up with an idea that I should translate the book into English to let the people of the world know the truth and look for help globally, because “not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. If everyone helps those poor women a little bit, the drop of love will come together into river and then ocean. Love the people around you, help the people in need, do not underestimate your help because the love behind it is great. The story of Mr, Zhang is true. He and those war victims still need your help. Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. If you want to help, please contact me.
Courtney from Study Moose
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