Mother Teresa of Calcutta 12 years on from her death
September 5, 2009
A week ago, we began the preparation for the celebration in 2010 of the centenary of Mother Teresa's birth. Today we commemorate the 12th anniversary of her death. In the Catholic
Church we celebrate today as the feast day of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. The heroic sanctity of her life assures us that her death on earth meant her birth in heaven. As much as we miss our Mother, we rejoice that we have her as a friend and intercessor in heaven, close to God.
Mother Teresa has shown us that there is no poverty more painful than that of being unloved and unwanted. To heal this pain, God calls each one of us to be His love, presence and compassion to the materially and spiritually poorest of the poor. We need not do big things, only small things with great love.
We remember Mother for the joy in her smile, the warmth of her touch. One day, an elderly homeless man reached out to Mother and shook hands with her. He said, "It's been such a long time since I felt the warmth of a human hand."
Just remembering Mother on her feast day is not enough. We, too, can bring untold joy, hope and encouragement into the lives of those around us who are suffering not only from the lack of food, medicine, clothing and shelter, but from the lack of a smile, a kind word and a friend's presence.
Let us be ready to give of ourselves, to love until it hurts. When we go home to God one day, He will call us blessed and say to us, "Whatever you did to the least of my brothers, you did it to me".
God bless you,
Sr. Prema MC