What it takes to be a Saint
On September 4, 2016 Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa in Vatican. Now what is to canonize? Canonization is the process by the Catholic Church to declare someone as a Saint. A saint is a high rank in the ministry and very few, repeat very few, get to this level in their service. In the Catholic Church, the process of becoming a saint is very long and can take decades or centuries. It takes one to have great achievements in the ministry so as to be considered a saint.
Mother Teresa was a very outstanding and phenomenal woman she lived all her life for the service of the Church and the poorest in the society. It is quoted that she had “all her heart to love and her hands to serve’. That is exactly what she lived for. She is one of the greatest women that ever lived. In this article we are blessed and inspired to look at her life and her long way to sainthood.
Who Is Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, Macedonia on August 26, 1910, to Dranafile Bojaxhiu and Nikola who were of Albanian descent. On her baptism, she was given the name Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She didn’t enjoy the presence of her father who fell sick and died when she was only 8 years old. The death of her father would later make her be to close the mother who made her develop a great commitment to charity. Her mother frequently invited the less fortunate in the neighborhood to dine with them, whenever Agnes asked who the people were; the mother always gave a positive response telling her that they are their people.
She felt a calling to mission work at the age of 12 but responded to it at the age of 18 when she made up her mind to become a nun and went ahead to join Sisters of Loreto in Dublin Ireland, this is the time she changed her name to Sister Mary Teresa after Saint Therese of Lisieux.
Her Acts of Charity
In 1948 after she left the Loreto convent she got some basic training in medicine and went into the slums of Calcutta. Her main objective was to give love and care to the uncared for, unwanted and the unloved. She started an open-air school and also a home for the destitute in some shanty building that she urged the government to give her.
Mother Teresa managed to set up a nursing home, family clinic, a leper colony, mobile health clinic and a children’s home in between the 1950s and 1960s. She is the founder of Missionaries of Charity Family. There are more charitable works that she did in different parts of the world which also include some in American and other parts of the world with mixed religions. By the time she died in the year 1997 the number of charity missionaries were over 4,000 in number.
Mother Teresa’s Famous Quotes
These are some of the quotes that were made by Mother Teresa that are still echoed up to now.
-Peace begins with a smile
-If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.
-Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
-If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
-Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
-If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
-Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
-I have found a paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only love.
It is apparent “Blessed mother Teresa was an icon of Gods tender mercy, radiating the light of God’s love to so many through her works of mercy … from heaven she continues to fulfill her missions as the “lights the light of those in darkness on earth.”
By making her a saint she is presented as a model, great achiever, an icon, great missionary and a symbol to be an inspiration to all humanity.