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.

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Years in Service
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Missionaries of Charity Worldwide (2012)
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A Relatable Saint

When it was announced that Mother Teresa would be made a saint, it is not unfair to say that such a declaration was, in a word, anticlimactic. Her fans didn’t require the formal announcement: In the hearts of millions, she was already a saint. And throughout her life, she was wholly relatable.

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‘The Saint of the Gutters’

“Spread love everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa: Pray for us!

Fr. Gary Caster on
Mother Teresa

Fr. Gary Caster was charged with assisting Mother Teresa with getting a building ready for those suffering from HIV and AIDS in Washington DC. And this encounter changed his life forever.

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Saint Francis of Assisi and Mother Teresa: Pray for us!

Teresa and Francis:
Two Saints, One Spirit

Every day after Holy Communion, Mother Teresa and her community would say the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis. Why did Mother Teresa admire Francis? And why did she think that he has had an impact on her life? 

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Mother Teresa: Pray for us!

The Mother Teresa
We Knew

Mother Teresa of Calcutta strips you and me of every excuse to do nothing to help the hungry, the sick, the lonely, the unloved, the rejected, the hurting, the confused, the imprisoned.

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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 lives and deaths 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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