The Gift of Mother Teresa

Photo Credit: Catholic News Service

Photo Credit: Catholic News Service

It was a joy this morning to wake up to the news from Rome that the Mass for the Canonization of Mother Teresa has been set for September 4, 2016. The Church and the whole world have long given praise to God for the gift of this little woman who did monumental things in being a sign of the Lord’s presence and loving mercy in the world. Having had the privilege of meeting and praying with Mother Teresa and visiting some of the centers of her Missionaries of Charity, I thank God for the grace given to the world in her.

The profound legacy of Mother Teresa – which is a model for us all – is one of sharing the infinite love of God with the world, particularly with those on the margins, the poorest of the poor. Included in this legacy is the Missionaries of Charity Gift of Peace House here in the District of Columbia, a place where those with advanced illness who have nowhere else to go can find hope, love and peace.

Mother Teresa, who was born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Albania, reminds the world of the value and dignity of each of God’s children, created to love and be loved. She says to us even now in her words, her life, her witness in action, “You are God’s love in action. Through you, God is still loving the world. Each time people come into contact with us, they must become different and better people because of having met us. We must radiate God’s love.”

This Jubilee Year of Mercy, already filled with joy and thanksgiving, is now made even more jubilant with the announcement of the canonization of Blessed Teresa, soon to be Saint Teresa.   May her life be a light to us all.