When Mother Teresa of Calcutta was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she identified abortion as “the greatest destroyer of peace” in the world. This year she came to the United States to receive the presidential Medal of Freedom. While she was in the country, her Missionaries of Charity dedicated a home for unwed mothers in Washington, D.C. Mother Teresa also spoke at the National Right to Life convention. An abridged version of her comments follows.

A few weeks ago I had a very extraordinary experience of God’s tenderness toward his little ones. A man came to our house—with a prescription from a doctor—saying that his only child was dying in the slums of Calcutta. The medicine he needed could not be gotten in India anywhere. It had to be brought from England.

As we were talking, a man came with a basket of medicine.… Right at the top of his basket was the medicine the [other] man needed. I just couldn’t believe it. If it had been inside the basket, I would not have seen it. If he had come sooner or later, we would not have connected.

I just stood in front of that basket and kept looking at the bottle. And in my mind I was saying, “With millions and millions and millions of children in the world, how could God be concerned with that little child in the slums of Calcutta; to send that medicine with that man just at that time; to put that medicine right on the top and to send the full amount that the doctor had prescribed?” How precious that little one was to God himself.

God loved the world so much that he gave his son, Jesus. And Jesus came in the womb of his mother. She had vowed her life totally to God. So when the angel said to her, “Receive the Holy Spirit,” she said, “I don’t understand.” The Holy Spirit assured her, ...

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