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Introduction To Saint Mother Teresa

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

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.

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A Journey of Grace

The life of Mother Teresa was one of continually answering God’s call to serve others in whatever way necessary.

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Saint of the Gutters

In earlier centuries, Mother Teresa might have been declared a saint upon her death. Though it has taken 19 years, her road to canonization has been swift.

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Journey of Saint Mother Teresa

Foundation of the Missionaries of charity

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.

I belong to everyone

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.

Canonisation

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.

The Dark Night of the Soul

I am told God lives in me — and yet the reality of darkness and coldness and emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul."

—Mother Teresa, 1957