No. 892 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 08 September 2016
- MOTHER TERESA CANONIZED
Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Kolkata, 4 September 2016, Rome, nineteen (19) years after her death. Miracle: healing of a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumors.
Born Anjezë (Agnes) GonxhaBojaxhiu, 26 August 1910, Skopje, now Republic of Macedonia. Her father is Albanian. She died 5 September 1997. (Wikipedia).
Heidi Hess Saxton posted “By blood, Albanian. By law, Indian. By Faith, Catholic. By calling, she belonged to the world. By heart, she belonged entirely to Jesus Christ.” (“Mother Teresa – Her Life and Canonization”, American.org Mother Teresa)
She arrived in India as a sister of the Loreto Order to continue her religious formation while teaching. (Wikipedia)
On 10 September 1946 she experienced a second call – ‘a call within a call’ – while riding in a train from Calcutta to the Himalayan foothills for a retreat (“Mother Teresa – Nun – Biography.com” www.biography.com).
In January 1948 she finally got approval to leave the Sisters of Loreto and started mission work among the poor in the slums of India. Some former co-teachers and students joined her (Wikipedia).
On 7 October 1950 she won canonical recognition for her Missionaries of Charity (cf. “Mother Teresa – The Saint of the Gutters”, history1900s.about.com).
In 2012 there were over 4,500 sisters in 133 countries (cf. Wikipedia).
Pope Francis said in his homily, “Let us carry our smiles in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey.”
Some 150,000 attended Mother Teresa’s canonization. Her canonization highlighted Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy.
St. Teresa of Kolkata is a true disciple of Christ: she left family, relatives and friends to join the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland and work in India; she carried her crosses daily tending to the poorest of the poor and attacked for her strong stand against abortion and divorce; and she renounced her possessions to follow Christ – her true possession.