September 4, 2016, Pope Francis canonized St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa). Her life and example has inspired millions of people – including me!
The canonization Holy Mass will be shown on EWTN on Sunday. I encourage to watch if you are able. I also encourage you to read about her life and learn about her teachings.
“While recovering from tuberculosis, a consecrated missionary who had been teaching geography in a High School in Calcutta heard her vocational calling. Though already a member of the Sisters of Loretto, Sister Teresa had received an unmistakable request from the Lord: live and work among the poorest of the poor. Despite not knowing where or how she would accomplish His order, she obeyed. Four years later, she had her answer. The little nun found herself back in Calcutta, but this time in its slums, not schools.
With several of her former students at her side, she set out to minister to its people, from making house calls to sick residents to gathering those abandoned and suffering in the streets. It wasn’t long before her efforts of seeking Christ in those that the world had forgotten, had finally attracted the world’s attention. As her mission progressed in an age of material wealth and industrialism, Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity would go on to open up the eyes of the world to the importance of living simply, loving greatly, and the looming threat of spiritual poverty.”
Here are some quotes from St. Teresa of Calcutta:
"Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Be holy – let us pray."
“A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, convinced that nothing and nobody will separate it from his love. Purity, chastity, and virginity created a special beauty in Mary that attracted God’s attention. He showed his great love for the world by giving Jesus to her.”
“There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives - the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them.”
“Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.” (all information from www.ewtn.com)