Wasabi Stories vol.176: “Mother Teresa And Nature of Love”


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“Mother Teresa And Nature of Love”

Today’s story-teller is movie director Shigeki Chiba. The article is about Mother Teresa.

It is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mother Teresa this year. Chiba was the first Japanese person who filmed Mother Teresa and he had pursued her for 30 years since then.

He first learned about her in the 70s. The more he learned about her, the more his wish to meet her in person became stronger. So he applied for filming her.



There were many requests from many countries for filming her, so he had to wait for his turn for a long time. After twists and turns, he finally got the permission in 1978. It was the first permission after BBC got it. His theme for the filming was “House for people who are waiting for their death”.

He saw dying homeless people getting carried in daily. Despite the aid of the sisters, they passed away. During the take, He thought for a moment that they were wasting their effort.

Mother Teresa told him, “The greatest tragedy for one is not to be needed. You are a needed one and you were born because you were needed. I only want them to be grateful to be born into this world.”


Her first visit to Japan was in 1981 and Mother Teresa passed away in 1997. Chiba once asked her what love is.

She said to him, “Love is giving. Love grows in a family. Go home and love your family.”


The NIKKEI 01/08/2010 by Shigeki Chiba (movie director)



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