Saint Mother Teresa

Today’s Word:

“Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath … to save life?” (Luke 6:9)


On This Date…

On September 5, 1997 Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India died at her convent in Calcutta ten days after her 87th birthday. Yesterday in Rome Pope Francis declared her a saint and today is her first official feast day.

In today’s Gospel Jesus healed a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath, asking the question, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath … to save life?”. In 1982 Mother Teresa told a group of American journalists, “You cannot do what I do, I cannot do what you do, but together we can do something beautiful for God” – an inspiring Labor Day message.

– Father McLaughlin

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Remembering Mother Teresa

Today’s Word:

“New wine must be poured into fresh wineskins” (Luke 5:38).

 


On This Date…

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Mother Teresa

On September 5, 1997 Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India died in Calcutta at age 87 (born in Albania on August 26, 1910).  As a young girl she watched her mother nurse a neighbor woman who suffered from alcoholism and skin disease.  At age 18 she heard a priest speak in her parish about being a missionary and so joined a community of sisters.  She was sent to India three months later where she spent the rest of her life.  When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 she told the audience in Oslo, Norway: “Let us keep the joy of loving Jesus in our hearts and share that joy with all we come in contact with.” Mother Teresa was beatified on October 19, 2003.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “New wine must be poured into fresh wineskins”.  Mother Teresa became a fresh wineskin filled with the love of Jesus, a “missionary of charity” to the most abandoned poor, “offering something beautiful for God.”

 

– Father McLaughlin

 

 

“Bear Fruit That Will Last”

Today’s Word:

Grapes on a Vine

I chose you from the world that you may go and bear fruit that will last. (John 15:16)


On This Date…

On September 10, 1946, Sister Agnes of the Sisters of Loreto, while traveling by train to Darjeeling, a hill station in the Himalayas, heard these words from Jesus:

Come, Come, carry Me into the holes of the poor. Come, be my light.

Toy Train of Darjeeling.

Toy Train of Darjeeling.

At the time, Sister Agnes was a 36 year old geography teacher and principal of Saint Mary’s High School in India. She was on her way to her annual retreat.

She responded to Jesus’ calling by leaving her work in high school and her religious community to serve the poor. Two years later, she founded the Missionaries of Charity and became Mother Teresa.

She called her experience on the train, “a call within a call.”

At Mass today, we hear Jesus’ words, “I chose you from the world, that you may go and bear fruit that will last.”

Mother Teresa inspires us to listen to God’s call and “to bear fruit that will last.”

– Father McLaughlin