Blessed Theresa of Calcutta

Feast Day – Sept. 5Blessed Theresa of Calcutta

Mother Theresa began as Gonxha Agnes Bojaxhiu in Macedonia in 1910. Upon joining the Loretto sisters in Ireland at the age of 18, she took the name Sister Theresa in honor of St. Theresa of Liseaux and was sent to India.  After working for several years in a school in India, she realized that God was calling her to serve the poor – “a call within a call”.  Despite hardships in her calling, she continued to serve those others neglected because they were of the lowest caste.  She eventually developed her own order called the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, establishing houses all over the world.  After long service to the poor, her order had established 610 foundations in 123 countries with 4000 sisters.  She went to her heavenly reward in 1997 and Pope John Paul II opened her case for canonization in 2003.  She is already part way to her sainthood.

Modern day saints, like Blessed Theresa, prove to us all that sainthood in this modern age is still possible.  She was able to see Christ in all those people around her – something that we too can strive to do – in our families, friends, acquaintances, strangers – Christ is in them all!

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