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.
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.
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?
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.
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.