Mother Teresa’s is one of the most recognized faces worldwide. Yet she didn’t aspire to fame. Her concern was “dedicating her life totally to God and serving the poorest of the poor, doing small things with great love and recognizing the dignity of a child of God in every person,” says Sister Mary Prema, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation founded in 1950 by Mother Teresa.
If she were still alive, Blessed Mother Teresa would turn 100 on August 26, 2010. The Missionaries of Charity are honoring her through a year of programs celebrating the centennial of her birth. This year of celebration began on August 26, 2009.
We can honor Blessed Mother Teresa in our parishes. Make sure that children and adults have an opportunity to grow in knowledge of her, the work of the Missionaries of Charity and the call each of us has to treat every person, especially the poor, with the respect and care due to a child of God.
Women Who Inspire
is a DVD containing two programs: one on Mother Teresa, the other on St. Katharine Drexel. These two women reached out to the marginalized: Mother Teresa to the poor and sick in India; St. Katharine to Native and African Americans in the United States. I’ve selected a clip from Work of God’s Hands: A Video on Mother Teresa
to share with you (RealMedia
| Windows Media
Adults may find a new audiobook Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta”
a meaningful companion on a long car trip, the commute to and from work or simply during periods of reflection at home.
We all can learn from this holy woman who treated every person as Christ. May we learn to do the same.