08/27/2018, 10.06
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Archbishop of Calcutta: For Mother Teresa, life was the most precious gift

by Nirmala Carvalho

Yesterday the 108th anniversary of the birth of the saint was celebrated. Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity: "For many people the quality of life is measured in the possession of material goods. For the Mother, the quality of life comes from love ".

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Mother Teresa "has chosen life, for the Mother, life was the most precious gift and it is full if it belongs to Jesus" said Archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Calcutta, where Mother Teresa lived and worked dedicating herself to the most needy.

Yesterday the archbishop celebrated a Mass in memory of the 108th anniversary of the birth of the saint "Mother Teresa - he said - drew her life on Jesus. She lived for the poorest among the poor and served unselfishly to give life to the poorest of the poor ".

Msgr. D'Souza said that "the celebration was splendid". He reminded those present that the founder of the Missionaries of Charity "has spent her entire life protecting and promoting life. For her, the fullness of life was in Jesus, who nourishes us every day with the Eucharist. This life enriches us, gives us life and this must be shared with others ".

After the ceremony, the celebrants and sisters prayed and sang hymns on the tomb of the saint, illuminated by the glow of candles. Speaking of the foundress, Sr. Mary Prema, current superior general of the congregation, said: "For many people the quality of life is measured in the possession of material goods. For the Mother, the quality of life comes from love ". "Love - she emphasized - gives dignity to the human person. In turn, this dignity gives quality to life ".

The celebrations continued in the Archbishop's residence, where there were also high dignitaries of the Republic of Macedonia, the birthplace of the saint, were present. Here a floral tribute was offered in front of the bronze statue donated in 2016 by Namit Bajoria, honorary consul of Macedonia. In the evening the archbishop blessed a statue at Cossipore, about 15 km north of Calcutta.

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