“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

Lower Your Net for God

Today’s Word:

Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.
(Luke 5:4)


On This Date…

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On September 5, 1997, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India died in Calcutta at age 87. She was born in Albania on August 26, 1910.

View my earlier post about Mother Teresa and Saint Monica »

Mother Teresa left home at age 18 to be a missionary sister in India. She joined the Sisters of Loreto, and began teaching at Saint Mary’s School for Girls in Calcutta. She eventually accepted the role of principal for the high school.

In 1950, Mother Teresa left the Sisters of Loreto to found the Missionaries of Charity. Today, the Missionaries of Charity has over 4,500 nuns in 133 countries.

Mother Teresa was beatified on October 19, 2003.

Mother Teresa once said:

We can do no great things, only small things with great love. …It is how much love we put into the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.

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In today’s Gospel, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”

Mother Teresa lowered the net of her love around the poor and did “something beautiful for God.”

– Father McLaughlin

Love Is Our Greatest Gift

Today’s Word:

It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta


On This Date…

On August 27, 387, Saint Monica died in Ostia, the seaport of Rome. After battling an illness for nine days, she died at age 65.

Monica & Augustine

Monica & Augustine

Monica had two sons and a daughter. She had prayed for the conversion of her oldest son, Saint Augustine, since he was 16 years old. Augustine was baptized at age 32 on April 24, 387, along with his own 16-year-old son Adeodatus. Saint Monica, who was present, became overjoyed at their baptisms.

Both Augustine and Adeodatus were with Monica when she died, and both were “overwhelmed with grief.”

Saint Monica’s last words were, “Nothing is far from God.”

Saint Monica not only prayed for Augustine’s conversion, but she also supported him during his 16-year journey toward God. She never faltered in her faith nor in her love for her son.

On August 27, 1910, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India was born in Yugoslavia. At age 18, she entered the convent in Ireland, joining the Sisters of Loreto.

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That same year, she traveled as a missionary to India. She taught high school geography, and later became principal of a girls’ academy, Saint Mary’s. In 1948, Mother Teresa received permission to leave teaching, and she devoted her life to serving the poor in the slums of Calcutta. She served in India until her death in 1997.

Mother Teresa once said, “It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.”

Let us keep in mind the powerful words of Saint Monica and Mother Teresa as we embark upon a new school year here at Archmere.

– Father McLaughlin