Year of Youth 2018

Lent: Mother Teresa - 2016’s Saint of Mercy

Last edited 16th February 2016

It’s official: Blessed Mother Teresa will be canonised in 2016! On 17 December 2015, Pope Francis approved the second miracle attributed to her intercession. The exact canonisation date will be formally announced at the next consistory of cardinals, however we do know that Mother Teresa’s canonisation will fall during the Jubilee of Mercy.

The Year of Mercy seems like the perfect time for canonising Blessed Mother Teresa because of her incredible life dedicated to the major works of mercy. She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu Aug. 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. The youngest of three children, she attended a youth group run by a Jesuit priest called Sodality, which eventually opened her to the call of service as a missionary nun.

She joined the Sisters of Loretto at age 17 and was sent to Calcutta, where she taught at a high school. After contracting tuberculosis, she was sent to rest in Darjeeling, and it was on the way that she felt what she called “an order” from God to leave the convent and live among the poor.

The Vatican granted her permission to leave the Sisters of Loretto and to live her new call under the guidance of the Archbishop of Calcutta.

After she left her convent, Mother Teresa began working in the slums, teaching poor children, and treating the sick in their homes. A year later, some of her former students joined her, and together they took in men, women and children who were dying in the gutters along the streets.

In 1950, the Missionaries of Charity were born as a congregation of the Diocese of Calcutta. In 1952, the government granted them a house from which to continue their mission of serving Calcutta's poor and forgotten.

The congregation quickly grew from a single house for the dying and unwanted to nearly 500 houses around the world.

Mother Teresa set up homes for prostitutes, battered women, orphanages for poor children and houses for those suffering from AIDS.

She was a fierce defender of the unborn saying, and is known to have said, “If you hear of some woman who does not want to keep her child and wants to have an abortion, try to persuade her to bring him to me. I will love that child, seeing in him the sign of God's love.”

She died Sept. 5, 1997, and was beatified just six years later by St. John Paul II Oct. 19, 2003.

Mother Teresa, Saint of Mercy, pray for us.

Click here to read about the miracle that was approved to open the path towards the Canonisation of Mother Teresa!

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