#MoralStory: An Altruistic Angel

A very poor girl was working as a nurse in a private hospital. A patient admitted to the hospital suddenly became seriously ill and had to be shifted to a major hospital to save his life. The administrator of the hospital insisted that the patient could be discharged only after he had paid his dues completely. The amount in the bill was too big for that poor family. They requested that they may be allowed some time to raise the amount as they were very poor and the patient was critically ill. But the administrator was adamant. The patient’s wife was in tears.

The nurse, who had just arrived for duty, learned the gravity of the situation and made a personal plea to the administrator. But the management wanted the money immediately and was not ready to show any mercy. She quickly removed her golden bangle and deposited it in the cash counter and asked to discharge the patient without any delay. The critically ill patient was then shifted to the major hospital and his life was saved. The bangle was her only valuable possession but she was ready to donate it to save a poor patient.

The bold and timely action of the loving nurse caught the attention of the doctor on duty. He was immensely impressed by her charity. He was a very rich man but was reluctant to act when the patient’s life was in danger. He was enlightened by her act of affection. He told his friend, Dr. D. John, “Today I saw Jesus. He is a girl!”

The wealthy doctor went home and told his parents about his desire to marry the nurse. His loving parents accepted the proposal and held discussions with the nurse and her parents. Their wedding was celebrated in the presence of their friends and relatives. This incident was quoted by Dr. D. John during a talk in Shalom TV.

Jesus taught, “My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them” {John 15:12, 13}. St. John reminds us, “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action” {1 John 3:18}.

Worried over the lack of love among some Corinthians, St. Paul wrote to them his famous words of wisdom about real love, “I may be able to speak the languages of men and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell…” {1 Corinthians 13: 1-13}. “Do not forget to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that please God” {Hebrews 13: 16}.

Love is the language that Jesus taught his disciples as the universal medium for evangelization. Love can be heard by the deaf, seen by the blind and felt even by the new-born and the mentally retarded.

We may give without loving; but we cannot love without giving. Love is giving all we can. Love is like a smile – neither have any value unless given away. Karl Menninger said, “Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” Mother Teresa said, “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”

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