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Exposing our children to stories of the Saints are important for their faith development. The Saints are heroes of the faith! We are called to be like the Saints and live for Jesus!
I hope you will enjoy the story of St. Teresa of Calcutta and live close to Christ like her!
Much like St. Teresa, my brother Missionary Oblates spend their lives working hard for our Lord Jesus Christ, ministering to the poor and most abandoned throughout the world.
Saint of the Month:
St. Teresa of Calcutta
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first. Matthew 19:30
St. Teresa of Calcutta was born in 1910. Her father died when she was just eight years old. From a young age, she loved to hear stories about missionaries and how they served the poor.
At eighteen, St. Teresa was called to become a nun and join a convent. She left her home and moved to Ireland, where she learned to speak English. Later, she moved to a convent in India and learned to speak Bengali. She became a teacher at a convent school in Calcutta.
Every day, she stared out her classroom window and saw the poor, the sick and suffering. Her heart cried out to serve them. She asked her superiors if she could leave teaching and the convent to serve the poor, and they approved. After six months of medical training, she set out to treat the poor and sick in the slums of Calcutta.
It was not easy to serve the poor. She had very little money and sometimes she had to beg for food to feed them. She often went hungry herself.
In 1950, she formed the Missionaries of Charity to care for the poor, the sick and the suffering. When she started the Missionaries of Charity there were only 13 members. Today there are over 5,000 members, who provide care and help the poor in many countries of the world, including the United States.
St. Teresa’s work became known all over the world. She was s symbol of service to the poor and humility, recognized with several awards for her work. She even received the Jewel of India, the highest award that a person in India can receive.
In 1979, St. Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize for helping the poor and suffering. Usually, there is a big party held in honor of the winner, with many guests and a lot of food. When St. Teresa learned of the party, she asked instead if she could have the money to help the poor.
St. Teresa died in 1997 but her mission of service to the poor and the suffering is still being carried on by others. Her Humility List appears below. Read it and keep it close by. Ask God to help you follow it as much as you can.
Mother Teresa’s Humility List
- Speak as little as possible about yourself.
- Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
- Avoid curiosity (though I don’t think that she is referring to learning, here).
- Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
- Accept small irritations with good humor.
- Do not dwell on the faults of others.
- Accept censures even if unmerited.
- Give in to the will of others.
- Accept insults and injuries.
- Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded.
- Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
- Do no seek to be admired and loved.
- Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
- Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
- Choose always the more difficult task.
Child’s Prayer to St. Teresa of Calcutta
St. Teresa, please be my friend
Help me to be like you –
to be humble and kind to others,
especially the poor and suffering.
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