Saturday, September 5, 2015

September 5: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

1988 photo by Evert Odekerken

History

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910, she joined the Sisters of Loreta to become a missionary. She served in Calcutta, India and became Mother Teresa after making her final profession of vows. When she was 36, she received a message from Jesus to “Come be My light,” and His desire to save souls became her focus for the rest of her life. She started a new religious community called the Missionaries of Charity to serve the poorest of the poor. In time, she became famous, winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Only after she died did the world find out that she felt rejected by God after starting her noble work. The fact that she continued to serve despite this doubt shows her great faith and commitment to Jesus.


Activity

Today, color a picture of Mother Teresa to hang in your room, remind yourself that even if you doubt God's love for you, He is there, loving you and helping you love others. Here’s a simple coloring page and one that is more complex for older children.

Blessed Mother Teresa, pray for us!


More reading for parents:

Vatican biography (includes link to Blessed John Paul II's homily on the occasion of her beatification)