Centenary Reflections ~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

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by Joseph A. Corrado

Posters have appeared in churches and senior citizen centers around Hoboken in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mother Teresa.

MOTHER TERESA (1910–1997) was born in Skopje (present-day Macedonia), and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin in 1928. She left the Loreto order in 1948 to begin the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. Her service to the poorest of the poor became her life’s work. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was beatified in 2003.

Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, longing to love Jesus as He had never been loved before, you gave yourself entirely to Him, refusing Him nothing. In union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you accepted His call to satiate His infinite thirst for love and souls and become a carrier of His love to the poorest of the poor. With loving trust and total surrender you fulfilled His will, witnessing to the joy of belonging totally to Him. You became so intimately united to Jesus your crucified Spouse that He deigned to share with you the agony of His Heart as He hung upon the Cross.

Blessed Teresa, you promised to continuously bring the light of love to those on earth; pray for us that we also may long to satiate the burning thirst of Jesus by loving Him ardently, sharing in His sufferings joyfully, and serving Him wholeheartedly in our brothers and sisters, especially those most unloved and unwanted. Amen

Collect

God, who called blessed Teresa, virgin
to respond to the love of your Son thirsting on the cross
with outstanding charity to the poorest of the poor,
grant us, we beseech you, by her intercession,
to minister to Christ in his suffering brothers.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

 

RESOURCES

Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center – Official Site go to the bottom of the screen to stop the music player before selecting this link

Mother Teresa of Calcutta – EWTN

Mother Teresa Biography – Vatican

Where There Is Love, There Is God: A Path to Closer Union with God and Greater Love for Others – New Book by Mother Teresa

Misc. News – View From The Domestic Church

Prayer Card

Coloring Page 1– Waltzing Matilda

Coloring Page 2 – Waltzing Matilda

Children’s Embroidery Pattern – Waltzing Matilda

Paper Doll – Paper dali

All Saints' Day  --Mother Teresa of Calcutta – Blossoming Joy

Food Ideas & Crafts – Family at the Foot of the Cross

Mother Teresa Tea – Catholic Cuisine

VIDEO – AUDIO  go to the bottom of the screen to stop the music player before selecting these links

Mother Teresa You Tube

Mother Teresa's Commencement Address and Press Conference, delivered at Thomas Aquinas College in June of 1982. 

“You and I and every single human being in this world is a child of God, created in the image of God, created for greater things, to love and to be loved. That is why today we have so much suffering in the world because we forget that we have been created for greater things, that we have been created to love and to be loved. So it is very necessary for us to pray, for prayer will give us a clean heart and a clean heart can love. For the fruit of prayer is love and the fruit of love is service; and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the giving.” 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Holiness is not the luxury of the few.

…Holiness is not the luxury of the few. It is a simple duty for you and for me. Take the trouble to keep your family together. Let peace, joy, unity and love be always there. Bring prayer, bring the rosary into your family. Bring the consecration to the Sacred Heart into your family and you will free the love and joy and presence of Christ right there in your own heart and the hearts of your family.

And pray for us as we continue our work. For as you know, we have consecrated our lives to sharing God's love and compassion to the poorest of the poor, to people who have nothing, who have nobody. Our sisters are now all over the world — God has blessed us with many vocations. I hope some of your sons and daughters will join the Missionaries of Charity and give that love and joy to many more people. 

~ Words of Mother Teresa © Mother Teresa Center of the Missionaries of Charity

LMC 11 29 2009

Father Sebastian Vazhakala ~Superior General of priests of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and founder of the Lay Missionaries of Charity

1 comment:

  1. what a lovely tribute to Blessed Mother Teeresa! thanks for the links to some great resources I've not seen before.

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