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Excerpted from In the Heart of the World by Mother Teresa. Copyright © 1997 by New World Library. Excerpted by permission of New World Library. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted.  HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.
 


"A place, perhaps the only place, where they feel loved, where they are somebody to someone."

Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World, Part 3

Some young people who ran away from home have gotten sick with AIDS. We have opened a home in New York for AIDS patients, who find themselves among the most unwanted people of today.

What a tremendous change has been brought about in their lives just because of a few sisters who take care of them, and have made a home for them!

A home of love!

A gift of love!

A place, perhaps the only place, where they feel loved, where they are somebody to someone. This has changed their lives in such a way that they die a most beautiful death. Not one of them has yet died in distress.

The other day, a sister called to tell me that one of the young men was dying. But, strange to say, he couldn’t die. He was struggling with death.

So she asked him, "What is it? What is wrong?"

And he said, "Sister, I cannot die until I ask my father to forgive me."

So the sister found out where the father was, and she called him. And something extraordinary happened, like a living page from the Gospel: The father came and embraced his son and cried, "My son! My beloved son!"

And the son begged his father, "Forgive me!"

Two hours later the young man died.

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