Blessed Mother Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, when speaking about love once said: "I was surprised in the West to see so many young boys and girls given into drugs, and I tried to find out why - why is it like that, and the answer was: Because there is no one in the family to receive them.  Father and mother are so busy they have no time.  Young parents are in some institution and the child takes back to the street and gets involved in something."

It is an eye-opener to parents and an invitation to them to take responsibility of their children, nurturing them and ensuring that they live morally upright lives.

They should not outsource their parenting duty to domestic maids and spend most of their time away from home in pursuit of material success.

Parents should ponder on the profound words of  Blessed Mother Teresa to see how they can lovingly bring up their children to be good and responsible citizens.

Speaking about peace, Blessed Mother Teresa remarked, "I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing - direct murder by the mother herself.  And we read in the Scripture, for God says very clearly: Even if a mother could forget her child - I will not forget you - I have carved you in the palm of my hand.  We are carved in the palm of His hand, so close to Him that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God.  And that is what strikes me most, the beginning of that sentence, that even if a mother could forget something impossible - but even if she could forget - I will not forget you.  And today the greatest means - the greatest destroyer of peace is abortion."

We are here because our parents wanted us.  We would not be here if our parents had aborted us.

Our children are wanted and loved by us but what of the millions in the world who are dying deliberately by the will of the mother.

As Catholics we should always be pro-Life and have nothing to do with people and organisations who support abortion which according to Mother Teresa is "the greatest destroyer of peace."    Perhaps we could pray for them to have a change of heart and be a respecter and protector of peace.

Nelson Quah

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