September 5 Bl. Mother Teresa
Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well.
- Print out this coloring page of Mother Teresa http://www.4to40.com/coloring_book/index.asp?k=Mother_Teresa
-Make a sacrifice. "Send" both the offering of this sacrifice as prayer and a financial donation to the Missionaries of Charity.
-Watch this video of Mother Teresa or part of the actual Canonization on your favorite Catholic TV station.
-Have a Canonization Party!! This is such a joyful time for our church. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will be in Rome for this. Why not collect your own pilgrims at your home to view a rebroadcast of the Mass of Canonization. Put up some posters with her powerful sayings on them.
It is providential that the approved miracle that occurred in Santos, Brazil in 2008 through the intercession of Blessed Teresa, was brought to the attention of the Postulation only in late 2013 and received approval in December 2015. Thus Mother Teresa’s canonization becomes a major event of the Jubilee of Mercy.
Even in her lifetime, Mother Teresa was an icon of God’s tender mercy, radiating the light of God’s love to so many through the works of mercy, both material and spiritual. From heaven she continues to fulfil her mission as she “lights the light of those in darkness on earth.” With her canonization, the Church presents her as a model and intercessor of those who, like her, “long to light the fire of love and peace throughout the world.” She can be taken as a patron saint especially for those who are most in need of God’s mercy.
By her example and through her intercession, may Mother Teresa inspire many to give their ‘hearts to love and their hands to serve’, starting with those closest to them. May we all continue to live and deepen our awareness of being in need of mercy and our willingness to extend mercy in our communities, in our families and in our service of the poor.
PRAYER FOR THE CANONIZATION OF MOTHER TERESA
Carrier of God's Tender Love and Mercy
Lord Jesus, merciful Face of the Father, you came to give us the Good News of the Father’s mercy and tenderness.
We thank you for the gift of our dearest Mother, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who will be canonized in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. You chose her to be your presence, your love and compassion to the brokenhearted, the unwanted, the abandoned and the dying. She responded wholeheartedly to your cry, ‘I Thirst,’ by the holiness of her life and humble works of love to the poorest of the poor.
We pray, through her intercession, for the grace to experience your merciful love and share it in our own families, communities and with all our suffering brothers and sisters. Help us to give our “hearts to love and hands to serve” after the example of Mother Teresa. Lord Jesus, bless every member of our family, our parish, our diocese, our country, especially those most in need, that we all may be transformed by your merciful love. Amen.
Text © Mother Teresa Center of the Missionaries of Charity