Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu was born in what is now Albania and was baptized at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Feeling called to become both a religious sister and a missionary, she went to Ireland and joined the Sisters of Our Lady of Loreto. After a few months she was sent to India to begin her novitiate. In 1948, after experiencing a special call from our Lord, she began the process of founding an entirely new congregation, the Missionaries of Charity. We all know the rest of the story of this remarkable contemporary saint known to the world as Mother Teresa, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. But what may not be known is the deep love she had for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 1967 she said: “From childhood the Heart of Jesus has been my first love.” As we reflect on the following letter of hers written in 1947 to the Archbishop of Calcutta begging him to allow her to start the new order, let us pray that Christian communities may have a growing willingness to send missionaries like Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to the poorest Churches.

Your Grace, don’t let me be unfaithful to Him now. I would not like for anything, not even for a second of a second to do the less pleasing. I want Him to have all the pleasure. His longing, His suffering on account of these little children, on account of the poor dying in sin, of the unhappiness of so many broken families is great. I feel so terribly helpless in front of all.—I, little nothing, long to take away all that from His Heart. Day after day, hour after hour, He asks the same question: “Wilt thou refuse to do this for Me?” I tell Him that the answer is with you. You think that I am looking only at the joy of giving up all, and bringing joy into the Heart of Jesus. Yes, I look at these most, but I see also what suffering the fulfillment of these two will bring. By nature I am sensitive, love beautiful and nice things, comfort and all the comfort can give—to be loved and love.—I know that the life of a Missionary of Charity—will be minus all these. The complete poverty, the Indian life, the life of the poorest will mean a hard toil against my great self love. Yet, Your Grace, I am longing with a true, sincere heart to begin to lead this kind of life—so as to bring joy to the suffering Heart of Jesus.

Quotes:

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”― Mother Teresa

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