Blessed Mother Teresa: Part Two of the Summer Saints Series: Saints for the Working Catholic Mom

My friend, Julie, draws pictures of saints for me.  This one is incredibly special to me.  Blessed Mother Teresa:  Pray for us.

My friend, Julie, draws pictures of saints for me. This one is incredibly special to me. Blessed Mother Teresa: Pray for us.

How do you begin a blog post about a woman who you followed as a child change the world? How do you describe the love you saw both in person and on the TV? How do you explain the feelings of despair, yet happiness for her when the announcement of her death stunned your ears? As I embark on Part Two of the Summer Saints Series: Saints for the Working Catholic Mom, I am reminded that working mommas come in all sizes, ethnicities, vocations, and clothing. I am reminded that Blessed Mother Teresa is one of the hardest working Catholic momma examples we have in our faith.

Date of Birth: August 16, 1910 in Skopje – Albanian republic of Macedonia
Date of Death: September 5, 1997
Beatified: October 19, 2003 by Blessed Pope John Paul II
Career Path: Teacher, Nurse, Caregiver
Vocation: Religious

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Blessed Mother Teresa became a Sister of Our Lady of Loreto in Calcutta. She chose the name “Teresa” after St. Theresa of Lisieux. After professing her vows, Blessed Mother Teresa stayed in Calcutta, serving as a teacher and administrator at schools run by the Sisters of Our Lady of Loreto.

On September 10, 1946, Blessed Mother Teresa receives her “call within a call,” to serve the poor. She would credit this date as the beginning of her Missionaries of Charity, but it would be years before her spiritual director, bishop and eventually Pope would give her permission to serve the Church in the gutters and streets of Calcutta.

Finally in 1950, Blessed Mother Teresa receives permission from Rome to establish the Missionaries of Charity. She starts the order with ten other nuns, and begins to build the Missionaries of Charity, one nun at a time. Her calling was to bring Jesus to the poorest of the poor. Her mission encompassed only Love, who is God itself.

In her lived actions of the Works of Mercy, Blessed Mother Teresa experienced the “dark night of the soul,” written about by St. John of the Cross. For the desolations she experienced, she had very few consolations on her walk of faith. She is quoted as saying the following:

“If I ever become a Saint – I will surely be one of “darkness.” I will continually be absent from Heaven – to light the light of those in darkness on earth.”

She saw her work as prayer, and she surely did PRAY! Though there was darkness in her soul, you could always see her smile. In fact, very few knew about her darkness – really only her spiritual directors. When her memoirs came out after her death, her sisters in Missionaries of Charity were shocked, and commented on her faithfulness to Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her smile was contagious, and her call to the world to Love and to act on faith was a call to humanity and Love itself.

Here are some other quotes by Blessed Mother Teresa:

“If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one.”

“My secret is very simple: I pray. Through prayer, I become one in love with Christ. I realize that praying to Him is loving Him.”

“Sacrifice and prayer complement each other. There is no prayer without sacrifice, and there is no sacrifice without prayer.”

“If you are really in love with Christ, no matter how small your work, it will be done better; it will be wholehearted. Your work will prove your love.”

“We must not be afraid to proclaim Christ’s love and to love as He loved. In the work we have to do it does not matter how small and humble it may be, make it Christ’s love in action.”

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.”

“Let us meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”

“Our work, to be fruitful and to be all for God, and beautiful, has to be built on faith – faith in Christ who has said, “I was hungry, I was naked, I was sick, and I was homeless and you did that to Me.” On these words of His all our work is based…Faith to be rue has to be a giving love. Love and faith go together. They complete each other.”

Blessed Mother Teresa has much to teach us about love, humility, work, and service. Her action is faith in action. Her love is love in action. She emphasizes that this is to be done in whatever station of life you are in, including if you work outside of the home. Her messages are so important for the working Catholic mommas!

Other Sources of Information on Blessed Mother Teresa

No Greater Love by Mother Teresa and Thomas Moore
Where There is Love, There is God, Edited and with an Introduction by Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., PhD
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta,” edited and with commentary by Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C.
33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Michael E. Gaitley, MIC

Blessed Mother Teresa, Pray for Us.

Peace of Christ to you and yours,


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