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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 19, 2011

Mother Teresa

MOTHER TERESA – This inspirational film stars Olivia Hussey (Juliet in Franco Zefirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet”) as the Nobel Peace prize winner and modern saint. It starts in 1946 with the very young Teresa as a nun and teacher in a Catholic high school in Calcutta who offers shelter to a Hindu man injured in a violent rally, angering the Muslims and her own superiors. She’s shown travelling to the slums to help the poor and the sick, eventually asking the Pope for her start a new order, Missionaries of Charity, to care for those no one else would care for in the streets.

The film is truly an inspiring portrait of a selfless woman who believes that what she does for the neglected, she does for Our Lord Himself. The screenplay is full of words of wisdom from Mother Teresa’s life, including her belief in finding meaning and purpose in life. Everything we do might just be a drop in the ocean, but if we don’t do it, that drop will be missing. In today’s world where the reigning principle is me, myself and I, this film reminds you about the rewards of sacrifice. Aside from this one, there’s another film on the life of Mother Teresa starring Geraldine Chaplin who glows more convincingly in the role than Hussey does. In this version, Mother Teresa never tried to convert those who are at odds with Catholic concepts. For that is not her mission, but to administer to the destitute. William Katt co-stars as a reporter who introduces her exploits in the international press.
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