Mother Teresa-In the Name of Gods Poor
Calcutta, 1946. Violence rages in India. Sister Teresa, a small white woman from Albania, teaches at the Loreto Convent. Sister Teresa is the first to take injured Indians into the convent and treat them.
Against the wishes of the Archbishop, Sister Teresa leaves the convent to live in the slums and care for the poor. At first the Indians are angry with the white Christian woman. She has to turn to Father Van Dick for help. He sets her up with the kind Juan Da Silva, a junk dealer, who gives her space in a warehouse.
Sister Teresa struggles. At first she can’t even take care of herself: one day while cooking, she sets herself on fire. Also she remains mistrusted by the poor she wants to help. The breakthrough comes when the police want to stop the selling of junk in the city, and Sister Teresa stands up for the junk dealers’ rights. The Police Commissioner hates her, but she wins the point and the junk dealers begin to support her. Once again, against the advice of the Archbishop, Sister Teresa petitions Rome to begin a new order of sisters. To everyone’s surprise, the wish is granted and The Missionaries of Charity is established.
A young reporter, Harry Harper, witnesses Mother Teresa’s humanity and how strongly she stands up to violent students who riot against her. She cleans maggots out of human wounds and cares for lepers. In truth, Mother Teresa is not proselytizing. Her steadfast teaching of love for all finally wins over her enemies. Harper’s moving news stories bring Mother Teresa’s message to the world. She becomes an important example to many and wins the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979.
The scripture reference referring to feeding the hungry and clothing the naked should be done as unto the Lord from the book of Matthew, epitomizes what Mother Teresa is all about. “Mother Teresa-In the Name of God’s Poor” is an outstanding DVD. The nuns, priests, staff and the girls are all safe and well while, outside the walls of the convent, political unrest and war causes riots and famine spreads throughout the land. When Sister Teresa finds out there is no food for the girls, she and another nun leave the safety of the convent in search for food. While outside, she discovers the utter destitution of India. And, during this outing, she begins the calling of God on her life to help the poorest of the poor. She goes to one of the poorest areas of India and starts making a difference in the lives of those living there. Her ministry extends farther and she starts a hospital for these people who the rest of the country have rejected. Some of the students at the convent join her and a new order is formed. Sis Teresa applies for the right to start another church and, after much turmoil, it is granted, giving her the new title of “Mother Teresa”.
This is an awesome DVD and should be viewed by all. It is a wonderful opportunity for parents to discuss with the family the devastation that is not only in India, but all countries, even America. It also provides a venue for helping. The Dove Foundation awards this DVD five Doves, our highest rating.