Today we offer our second installment of our three part reflection on Mother Teresa. I offer this series in anticipation of the Mother Teresa exhibit which will come to our parish next week. I hope that you will stop in to Big Mac on Friday, Saturday or Sunday of this coming week to experience it. Here, I want to review the facts of the life of Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa’s baptismal name was Agnes, given to her in 1910. Teresa was her religious name. She began her religious life with the Sisters of Loreto, but then felt called to begin the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India. She once said, “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.” (Mae Elise Cannon “Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action”
During her life, she established apostolates for the poorest of the poor. By the end of her life, she had over 4,000 sisters working in orphanages, AIDS hospices and other charity centers for the needy. She left this world for her eternal reward on September 5th, 1997. Saint Teresa of Kolkata, pray for us!