Follow usTwitterFacebook

Latest

18 Oct 2014 Articles Comments (31)

Proof that Peter was the first Pope of the Church

"You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18) is probably the most disputed metaphor…

Read more

14 Oct 2016 News Comments (1)

3 men get 80 lashes in Iran for taking Holy Communion. Read why.

A Muslim woman was pronounced dead in Moscow, Russia. Her body was sent to a coroner's office where it was stripped and stored in a cooler. According to Assi…

Read more

14 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

Francis to Congolese bishops: Contribute, but don't replace politicians

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 06:41 am .- In his ad limina address to the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pope Francis assured them of the neces…

Read more

08 Nov 2016 News No comments

ISIS calls for 'slaughter' as voters cast ballots on election day

ISIS has released new threats and plans to attack voters as they cast their ballots this Tuesday. According to the Mirror, ISIS has called its followers to r…

Read more

24 Mar 2015 Q&A Comments (1)

Which should be my priority: morality or family harmony?

Full Question My siblings and I were raised in a good Catholic home but now, as adults, we no longer all share the same moral code—some follow authentic Cathol…

Read more

18 Sep 2014 USA No comments

Catholic women's conference refreshes moms, forges friendships

Austin, Texas, Sep 18, 2014 / 04:22 am .- A pair of Catholic authors has found a new way to give mothers some time off while helping break the social isolation …

Read more

28 Jan 2016 Europe News No comments

Catholic Robert Flello MP appeals to Parliament to legally recognise Christian Genocide in the Middle East

A Catholic MP, Robert Charles Flello has put forward a Commons motion designed to appeal to the Parliament to push the UN to obtain an agreement that the word ‘…

Read more

13 Jun 2015 Articles Resources Comments (2)

Can drinking too much water be harmful to your health?

The advice "drink lots and lots of water" is one of the world's longest-standing cliches, that no one would ever consider it to be dangerous or deadly. Is th…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

‘We always knew Mother Teresa was a saint’, say US pilgrims

US pilgrims gathered at the Vatican to celebrate the newly declared St. Teresa of Kolkata said it was about time Mother Teresa officially had the title.

Organised diocesan and parish pilgrimages generally had a priest-chaplain with them, celebrating daily Masses and joining them on tours. But many people came on their own or with their immediate family; the Missionaries of Charity – priests, brothers and nuns – organised Masses and tours for them, too.

At the Basilica of St. Anastasia on September 2, English-speaking pilgrims — most of whom were not part of a tour group — gathered for a Mass celebrated by Indian Cardinal Telesphore Toppo of Ranchi.

Mother Teresa was “an iconic personality of mercy and service,” the cardinal said. “She drank, from the font of Jesus, the living water of love.”

The 76-year-old cardinal said that when he was a new, young bishop in the late 1970s, he accompanied Mother Teresa on a car trip to visit some of her projects. Knowing how hard she worked, “I found the courage to ask, ‘Where do you get your strength from?’ The answer came from her like a bullet: ‘From Jesus in the Eucharist.’”

Deacon John and Arlene Storm from the Diocese of Santa Rosa, California, were among those at the Mass. The deacon is involved in prison ministry and what he terms “restorative justice,” a combination of advocacy and one-on-one ministry aimed at rehabilitating prisoners and promoting reconciliation between them and the victims of their crimes.

Mother Teresa was criticised during her lifetime for not using her high profile to do more to press governments to remedy the injustices that kept so many people so poor. While Deacon Storm’s work combines promoting justice on an institutional level as well as showing concrete care for individuals, he said not everyone has to do both. “She had a wonderful ministry of her own.”

His wife added, “I don’t care if you are Christ, someone will say you are wrong,” but Mother Teresa “did wonderful works” and members of her order continue that today.

Arturo Martinez, a young man from Miami, showed up at the Mass alone. “I love this lady — Mother Teresa — so I thought I would see Rome and honour her at the same time,” he said before rushing into the church.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Woodinville, Washington, organised a pilgrimage for 87 people — about 10 percent of the parish membership. Because most of the staff was heading to Rome, Father Frank Schuster said, the parish website, bulletin and sign were changed to “St Teresa of Calcutta” on August 31 before the group set off.

“When we built the church we made sure the sign was on snaps because we knew all along that mother church would recognise what we all knew: Mother Teresa is a saint,” Father Schuster said during a brief interview at Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Honouring Mother Teresa on the outside of the building obviously is not enough, said the pastor of the parish in the Archdiocese of Seattle. “She said everything begins with prayer. We want to have as close a relationship with Jesus as she did, to see Jesus in others and reach out to them.”

For four months in the spring, the parish hosted Camp Unity Eastside, a tent encampment for people experiencing homelessness. Different churches and community organisations take turns providing land for the encampment, showers for the residents and a place for distributing meals. “It was amazing to be Mother Teresa to these people,” said Meg Nafziger, a member of the parish staff.

Nafziger described Mother Teresa as “my mentor,” the person who helped her accept her own suffering and care for her mother, then her father and then her husband, who all developed cancer and died within a short time of one another.

“I would put my hands on the feet of our bronze statue of Mother Teresa and pray that I would have some of her strength,” she said. “She taught me how to see Jesus in the eyes of others and to do small things with great love.”

“I was suffering along with them,” Nafziger said of her loved ones, “but I was feeling that joy — defiant joy,” telling herself, “I will suffer through this so someone else might be blessed.”

Allen Larpenteur, another parishioner, said he and his wife, Suzi, always wanted to visit Rome and so the canonisation was a perfect opportunity to do it. Belonging to a parish named after Mother Teresa was less a motivation for the pilgrimage than honouring Mother Teresa was, he said.

“This beautiful nun was not beautiful from a physical standpoint,” he said, “but from a spiritual and a compassionate viewpoint, she is beyond words. She did not consider herself anything in God’s eyes, but she saw God’s eyes in the dying, the poor and the outcast.”

Mother Teresa “took great chances to help the neediest when others would ignore them,” he said, and “Pope Francis cares about the outcast as much as Mother Teresa did.”

The 71-year-old Larpenteur said he had expected the parish would need to change its name long before now. Waiting 19 years after Mother Teresa’s death in 1997 “seems like a long time to formally recognise someone as a saint whom we all knew was a saint,” he said.









wpsd_autopost:
1

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories