Saint of the Week:
St. Teresa of Calcutta
“What you are doing, I cannot do. What I am doing, you cannot do. But together we are doing something beautiful for God.”
FEAST DAY: September 5
FUN FACTS: Her real name is Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu!
Mother Teresa of Calcutta — a tiny woman just under 5 feet tall, with no tools except prayer, love, and the unique qualities God had given her — has become the most powerful symbol of the virtue of charity known today. She teaches us that it doesn’t take money, power, intelligence or talent to love; it simply takes love.
Her entire life was dedicated to radiating the love of Jesus. At the age of 18, she joined the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin, Ireland. She stayed there for 2 months before taking a boat to India where she would teach history and geography at an all-girls school for 15 years. She then experienced a “call within a call” to leave the convent and go into the streets and slums of India to care for the dying poor. Since then, she has established a new religious community (the Missionaries of Charity), was awarded the nobel peace prize, and has inspired hundreds of thousands to care for the poor and helpless all around the world. She was canonized last year on September 4, 2016 by Pope Francis.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.