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Mother Teresa: Extending a Loving Hand to All

  On December 13, 1979, Mother Teresa went to the Iranian embassy in Rome. America was concerned with the fate of the hostages taken when the American embassy in Iran was seized by Islamic revolutionaries led by Ayatollah Khomeini. “I have come to see you about the American hostages,” Mother Teresa said. “I come as a mother who longs for her children. I am willing to go to Iran or to talk to the Ayatollah on the telephone.”
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Teresa of Calcutta: The Church's Newest Saint

   By blood she was Albanian. By law she was Indian. By faith she was Catholic. By calling she belonged to the world. But her heart belonged entirely to Jesus.
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My Friend, Mother Teresa

I'll never forget when I heard that Mother Teresa had died. I heard a reporter announce, "Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work among the poorest of the world's poor, died Friday in Calcutta, India, where she lived since her work with the destitute began five decades ago. She was 87." Startled and saddened by the announcement, I found myself reflecting upon that grace-filled moment in time I spent with her in Calcutta, India, in October 1987. I could hear the sounds and smell the strange, pungent odors that are Calcutta. I longed to kiss Mother Teresa's worn, calloused hands and embrace her again.
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A Priest Remembers Mother Teresa

Image: Blessed Teresa of Kolkata cares for a sick man in an undated photo. (CNS photo/KNA) Mother Teresa influenced countless believers while she was alive. One such person was Father Patrick McCloughlin. He describes the powerful impact she had on those who met her: "It was like meeting Christ. You wanted to fall to your knees and adore her." He should know: this soon-to-be-saint changed his life.
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Mother Teresa on the Power of Silence

Mother Teresa was a friend of silence. As author Kerry Weber writes, "The reason silence was so important to her is because it offers us the opportunity to begin shedding false understandings of ourselves and the world. It clears a space for the recognition that converts. Silence and prayer become the wombs in which we’re reborn. They 'enlarge the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of himself.'" The following words are from Mother Teresa herself. 
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Mother Teresa's Compassion and Mercy

Image: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk. Mass in Westminster Cathedral in honour of Mary Ward and the 400th Jubilee of the foundation of the Congregation of Jesus and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters). Most of us know the story’s basics: Mother Teresa, born Gonxha Agnes Bojaxhiu, grew up in what is now Macedonia and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland when she was eighteen and prepared to become a missionary. She arrived in India about three months later and served as a schoolteacher until just before her 36th birthday when she heard what she termed a “call within a call” that two years later would result in the founding of the Missionaries of the Charity Sisters, an order ministering to the poorest of the poor, initially in the slums of Calcutta. Their work was humble, simple, one on one.
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Mother Teresa: A Saint Who Conquered Darkness

One of Mother Teresa’s deepest fears after she founded the Missionaries of Charity was that she or one of her sisters and brothers would do or say something to cause scandal or detract from the Order’s mission. In all likelihood this explains, at least in part, her reluctance to speak publicly of the interior locutions she had experienced for seven or eight months after the call within a call came on the train to Darjeeling. 
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Mother Teresa: ‘The Saint of the Gutters’

On October 19, 2003, Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who died in 1997. The process leading up to the beatification has been the shortest in modern history. In early 1999—less than two years after Mother Teresa's death—Pope John Paul waived the normal five-year waiting period and allowed the immediate opening of her canonization cause.
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Mother Teresa: A Holy Life

   Mother Teresa was a force of nature and wholly unique. She was always her own person, startlingly independent, obedient, yet challenging some preconceived notions and expectations. Her own life story includes many illustrations of her willingness to listen to and follow her own conscience, even when it seemed to contradict what was expected.
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Mother Teresa's Doubts Reveal a Deep Faith

Image: Mother Teresa is pictured holding a candle in this undated photo. (CNS) I have always admired Mother Teresa. Her life, like everybody's, knew struggle, adversity, joy, and sorrow. I met Mother Teresa in 1981 during the dedication of a peace garden located at the Franciscan seminary that I attended in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was in the United States, visiting her new community in New York City.
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