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September 1, 2016

 
 

THE VOICE OF TELEHEALTH IN NM

 
 

    Among the stack of mail was a card from The Salvation Army, thanking me for a donation I had made earlier. It gave me time to pause. What an easy way to feel gratified; put a check in an envelope, mail it and go on about your business. Your money would – supposedly – help those in need. But is it really that easy. Do we really feel satisfied. Could we do more? How about …
    It was interesting that the above card arrived last week on August 26, on the birthday of a young girl born in 1910 in Skopje, Albania (today's Macedonia). Her name was Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. Her father died when she was eight and the family's poor status worsened. Her strong mother's faith however, helped the family cope and developed a sense of obligation and devotion in the young Gonxhe. So much so that at the age of eighteen she left home and joined the Sisters of Loreto at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, Ireland. There she learned English, geography, catechism, and history. In 1931, at the age of twenty, she took her first religious vows as a nun. Soon after she was sent to Calcutta, India to serve at a convent there.
    In Calcutta, the terrible poverty around her disturbed her so much that she felt compelled to leave the sanctuary of the convent and live among the poor. She exchanged her traditional habit for a simple white cotton sari with a blue border that became her signature garment for the rest of her life. Although she had no income and had to beg for food and supplies, she persevered, and soon after, the Vatican recognized her work and helped her start a congregation there. She gave her services wholeheartedly to the poorest of the poor and got to be recognized by much of humanity. So that by the time of her death in 1997, her relentless devotion to serving the poor had gotten the attention of the world and her Missionaries of Charity grew to be an international institution in 133 countries. She opened orphanages, homes for people with tuberculosis and leprosy, health clinics, and schools. She even opened shelters in Harlem and Greenwich Village in the United States.
    She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. When asked how she found time to do all her charity work, she said, "I work all day. That is the only way. By blood, I am an Albanian. By citizenship, I am 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."
    When she was at the convent in Ireland she changed her name after Thérèse de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries but opted for the Spanish spelling of Teresa. We know her better as "Mother Teresa."
    Remembering that it was her birthday and all that she had done for our world, I felt shame for feeling satisfaction in sending a check to The Salvation Army. We can do so much better. Fortunately for us the technology of telehealth, telemedicine and tele-education enable us to contribute to these needs with our talents and expertise without having to leave home. Just a few short hours a week could make a world of difference.
                                                                                                                R. G. 

 
 

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Of Interest: 

The Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded 96 times to 129 Laureates since 1901:
All Laureates 113 men, 16 women
Jewish 9 men
Christian
51 men, 9 women
Muslim 4 men, 3 women
Others 49 men, 4 women

Beside Nobel Institute, 34 other worldwide organizations award peace prizes.

 
 

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