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The beatification of Mother Teresa was conducted on Oct. 19, 2003. Find a Mother Teresa biography, listen to a daily prayer by Mother Teresa, read about her path to becoming a Catholic saint and share your story of inspiration. Send a free Mother Teresa e-card.

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Mother Teresa
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Prayers From Blessed Mother Teresa
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Who Was Blessed Mother Teresa?
The Road to Official Sainthood
Readers Tell Why They Love Mother Teresa
Read Mother Teresa's Daily Prayer and Listen to Her Recite It

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From St. Anthony Messenger Magazine

Father Sebastian Vazhakala Discusses Life With Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa's Hunger for God
St. Anthony Messenger Interviews Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa: My Friend, My Inspiration
Priest Credits Vocation to Mother Teresa

Books and Video
Find books and videos on Mother Teresa at the online catalog.

Video/Audio Gallery
Father Sebastian Vazhakala, M.C., remembers life with Mother Teresa and discusses contemplative prayer and memories of Mother Teresa.
excerpted from American Catholic Radio

Who Are the Poor?
from the video Everyone, Everywhere

Mother Teresa's Encounter
from the video Everyone, Everywhere

The Poor in Our Own Homes
Text and audio excerpt of Mother Teresa

Contemplatives in the Heart of the World
from the video Work of Love: Mother Teresa

How Do We Love?
from the video Work of God's Hands: A Video on Mother Teresa for Young People

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Presentation of Mary: Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church. 
<p>As with Mary’s birth, we read of Mary’s presentation in the temple only in apocryphal literature. In what is recognized as an unhistorical account, the <i>Protoevangelium of James</i> tells us that Anna and Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was three years old. This was to carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless. </p><p>Though it cannot be proven historically, Mary’s presentation has an important theological purpose. It continues the impact of the feasts of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) and of the birth of Mary (September 8). It emphasizes that the holiness conferred on Mary from the beginning of her life on earth continued through her early childhood and beyond.</p> American Catholic Blog Having a saint to pray to every day for special intentions draws us into a more intimate union with Jesus, who has blessed us with so many heavenly intercessors for all our needs. It is a great privilege to have someone in heaven who cares so much about our innermost desires and personal needs.

 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Be Extraordinary!
Can a busy, ordinary person really make a difference in the lives of others?
Advent 2014
From the First Sunday of Advent through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, find inspiration for your Advent prayer time with this new book.
A Eucharistic Christmas
Advent and Christmas are the perfect time to reflect on the fact that God is with us always in the Eucharist.
What Do I Say?
Learn how to communicate with someone who is dying, especially how to convey a loving presence and a willingness to listen.
Peace and Good
"A practical and appealing guide to the Poor Man of Assisi." --Margaret Carney, O.S.F., president, St. Bonaventure University

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
God came to dwell in Mary, and sanctified her for a unique role in salvation history.
Praying for You
If you soon will be united with family around a holiday table, take a moment today to pray for those who spend holidays alone.
Thanksgiving
In America, Thanksgiving is one of the rare times when religion and civics intersect. Let us give thanks and praise to God every day.
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
This missionary to the American frontier was known among the Potawatomi people as “Woman-Who-Prays-Always.”
Birthday
God of life, we come to celebrate another year, and ask you to bless us.



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