Saturday, September 06, 2008

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

The Marian devotion of Mother Teresa

“The following quotation is taken from a general letter Mother Teresa wrote on the day of her death:
‘Stand near Our Lady to listen to the thirst of Jesus and to answer with your whole heart.’”

“The Missionaries of Charity’s mission is to ‘quench the infinite thirst of Jesus on the cross for love and souls’ by ‘laboring at the salvation and sanctification of the poorest of the poor.’”

In her writings, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta shows her devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary: “Like Mary, let us never be ashamed to do humble work. Like her, let us always accept the cross in whatever way it comes.”

In each of her convent chapels, Mother Teresa wrote the words “I thirst” next to the crucifix. In passing the crucifix, I will remember the devotion of St. Teresa of Calcutta to slake the thirst of Christ for souls and I will pray to stand near Mary at the foot of the cross and to pray for the conversion of souls.

Mother Teresa sums up the meaning of the Marian vow in these words,
"Mary, my dearest Mother, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, so full of Love and Humility, that I may receive Jesus as You did -- and go in haste to give Him to others"
Thank you Charlotte for your beautiful colouring pictures.

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