The Mother Teressa I Knew
Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala, M.C., the first priest ordained as a Missionary of Charity, speaks of Mother Teresa’s impact on his life and vocation.
Teresa’s letters revealed that she wrestled with a sense of God’s absence for the last 50 years of her life. This was met with worldwide confusion and intrigue
In much sceptical times, encountering an opportunity to embroider personal accounts through various featuring characters to narrate the story of a tiny nun who epitomised humanity is exhilarating.
On 10 September 1946, on a train journey from Calcutta to Darjeeling, Mother Teresa received what she termed the "call within a call," which was to give rise to the Missionaries of Charity family of Sisters, Brothers, Fathers, and Co-Workers. The content of this inspiration is revealed in the aim and mission she would give to her new institute: "to quench the infinite thirst of Jesus on the cross for love and souls" by "labouring at the salvation and sanctification of the poorest of the poor." On October 7, 1950, the new congregation of the Missionaries of Charity was officially erected as a religious institute for the Archdiocese of Calcutta.
Mother Teresa helped evacuate 37 handicapped children from a mental hospital in the Sabra refugee camp in 1982. She had a broad grin as she entered the Dar al-Ajaza al-Islamia Mental Hospital and began embracing the children, huddled in a group on the floor. She moved quietly through the knot of children, ranging in age from 7 to 21, giving a handshake to one of the older ones. Most of the children seemed unaware of what was happening. Some began to cry. Seeing this, Mother Teresa, the International Red Cross workers and the hospital employees started picking up the children to take them to the spring school in East Beirut.
In order to be declared a saint, the congregation needs to agree to the candidate having lived a virtuous life and having performed at least two miracles through the intercession of God after her death. The first miracle happened in 1998, with Monica Besra, and her fight against stomach tumour. The second miracle occurred in 2008, with the recovery of Marcilio Haddad Andrino.