Saint Teresa of Calcutta

“The cry of Jesus on the Cross, ‘I thirst’ (Jn 19: 28), expressing the depth of Gods longing for man, penetrated Mother Teresas soul and found fertile soil in her heart.”
—Pope John Paul II
19 October 2003

The Future Mother Teresa

A Holy Life

Mother Teresa’s life began in Skopje, Yugoslavia, and ended in Calcutta. Her journey, however, took many different paths along the way.

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Mother Teresa canonization

Road to Sainthood

Mother Teresa served as a living example to others, including Fr. Angelo Scolozzi, M.C.III.O, of being a model of God’s love and mercy.

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Mother Teresa's Mission

‘I Thirst, I Quench’

In her own words, Mother Teresa encourages her Missionaries of Charity to embrace their vocation as a gift from God and to use it as inspiration for the work they are doing.

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A Brief History of Mother Teresa

The following are some highlights of her life.

Years in Service
Missionaries of Charity Worldwide (2012)
Awards Earned
Year Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The Dark Night of the Soul

Mother Teresa once wrote to her spiritual director, “My own soul remains in deep darkness and desolation.” Still, she added, “I don’t complain—let Him do with me whatever He wants.” But worldwide interest in her “Dark Night of the Soul” never diminished—even years after her death.

Mother Teresa: A Saint Who Conquered Darkness

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Mother Teresa’s Doubts Reveal a Deep Faith

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Click the button on the right to download the prayer that Mother Teresa and her sisters would recite at the beginning of each day!

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How Does One Become a Saint?

For almost the first millennium of the Church’s life, there was no centralized canonization process with investigation into the person’s life and miracles attributed to his or her intercession. The local Church recognized as saints holy women and men
whose life and death demonstrated great virtue. 

The term “Servant of God” now describes someone at the start of the entire process, which begins in the local diocese and eventually moves
to the Holy See’s Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. A person whose life and writings have been formally investigated can be declared Venerable. Martyrs do not need a miracle for beatification. For others, after a miracle has been investigated and accepted by separate
committees of doctors, theologians, and cardinals, the person is approved for beatification. 

The final step for canonization is the verification of two miracles attributed to that holy person’s intercession,
both of which undergo intense scrutiny.

—Pat McCloskey, OFM

Enjoy these books and features about Mother Teresa! 

St. Anthony Messenger magazine, brought to you by the Franciscans.
Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations by Mother Teresa
St. Theresa of Calcutta: Missionary, Mother, Mystic
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