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Mother Teresa: A True Saint

In his autobiographical The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton remembers a conversation with poet Robert Lax. The two friends were strolling in Greenwich Village shortly after Merton’s conversion to Christianity when Lax suddenly asked: “What do you want to be, anyway?”
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Mother Teresa and Francis of Assisi: Two Saints, One Spirit

Every day after Holy Communion, Mother Teresa and her community would say the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis. The foundress of the Missionaries of Charity carried with her a small reproduction of an old painting of Francis in which the weeping saint holds a cloth to his eyes. “He’s wiping his tears,” she said, showing the picture to the Franciscans around her. “I think he’s crying after receiving the Stigmata.” She treasured this keepsake, remarking that it is different from other items given to her, which her sisters and friends would sometimes “steal.” “I would never give this away,” she said, smiling. Why did Mother Teresa admire Francis? And why did she think that he has had an impact on her life? “I suppose it’s because Francis of Assisi tried to imitate the poverty of Christ so closely,” she said.
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Mother Teresa on Prayer

Mother Teresa devoted her life to prayer, to finding oneness with God. The following words, which all center on the importance of prayer, are from Mother Teresa herself, taken from the book Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations.
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Mother Teresa on the Importance of Family

Love begins at home, Mother Teresa insisted when she was alive. Home and family are the twin tutors in love, compassion, patience, and service. The following words, which all center on the importance of family, are from Mother Teresa herself, taken from the book Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations.
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Mother Teresa: From Holy Life to Eternal Life

One of the mainstays of Mother Teresa’s spirituality was a willingness to suffer in the service of others, to share their material poverty and, as she eventually came to believe, Christ’s passion. But in the final decade of her life, ill health was added to her burden of suffering. Years of backbreaking work finally caught up with her, and her body began to give way.
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Mother Teresa: Our Guide through Lent

Mother Teresa tended to broken souls and bodies at every age and from every walk of life. From the Indian children at Nirmala Shishu Bhavan to the elderly in Nirmal Hriday (Home for the Dying), the Missionaries of Charity still uplift and comfort the truly desperate and helpless. They live and work right in the struggle, sinking their roots deep where they have been planted out of love for God. Often there is no miracle cure, not even a deathbed conversion for all the love and prayer they pour into their work. Yet they remain faithful to the work they believe God calls them to do.
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Advent with Mother Teresa: Put the Past in the Past

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord! —Psalm 25:6–7 The prophet Balaam is the protagonist in one of my favorite Bible stories—Balaam and his inscrutable donkey (see Numbers 22:22–40, which precedes today’s  first reading).
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Mother Teresa: Our Guide through Advent

  Clad like her spiritual daughters in a simple blue-and-white sari, this diminutive yet undeniably charismatic nun traveled to more than a hundred countries with a message of faith, hope, and unrelenting love. With humility, Mother Teresa, now Saint Teresa of Calcutta, sought out the poorest and loneliest, those who endured both physical and spiritual poverty. In each of their faces she saw her beloved Spouse, “Jesus in distressing disguise.” Though she was “Mother” to thousands, she did not always feel the love and joy she espoused; rather, she chose it, and in so doing she embodied the kind of faith that speaks hope and courage to those who likewise struggle. For those who wander in darkness, Saint Teresa of Calcutta is a true patron of joy yet to be discovered.
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Advent with Mother Teresa: Choosing Oneness

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. —Isaiah 35:10 “You can’t go home again.” Whether it’s a college student returning to see his parents at Christmas, a family visiting their home parish after moving away, or someone attending a high school reunion, we become aware of the truth that a departure sets in motion a series of events that alters forever the nature of the relationship between the one who leaves and the one who was left.
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Advent with Mother Teresa: The Gift of Trust

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