Today is Labor Day in the U.S. and lot of us at EWTN have been doing just that – laboring. I did post a lot on Facebook about assisting in the morning TV commentary for the Mass of Thanksgiving, then a cast and crew lunch at La Vittoria, then an interview in my home this afternoon and now I finally have a few minutes for composing and posting this column.
POPE FRANCIS’ TWEETS ON CHARITY AND MOTHER TERESA
September 5 – The one who builds on God builds on rock, because he is always faithful, even if we sometimes lack faith.
September 4 – Let us carry Mother Teresa’s smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey.
September 3 – Let us imitate Mother Teresa who made works of mercy the guide of her life and the path towards holiness.
September 2 – Charity means to draw close to the periphery of existence of the men and women we encounter every day.
SAINT MOTHER TERESA WAS “A MIRROR OF GOD’S LOVE”
(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, celebrated the Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday for the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
In his homily for the Mass in St. Peter’s Square, Cardinal Parolin recalled several key moments of her life and the thirst for God that drove her every action.
‘Caritas Christi urget nos: the love of Christ compels us’ was the recurring theme of Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s homily for the Thanksgiving Mass.
These words, he said, summed up the flame of love which compelled the now-St. Teresa of Calcutta during her life and which compel us to follow her example.
Cardinal Parolin revisited several of the key events of Mother Teresa’s life, including her self-definition as ‘a little pencil in God’s hands’.
‘Mother Teresa,’ he said, ‘was a clear mirror of the love of God and an admirable example of service to our neighbor, especially to the poorest, most derelict, and most abandoned of people.’
He also recalled her constant fight for the rights of the unborn, which he said grew out of her recognition that the worst form of poverty is ‘to feel unloved, unwanted, scorned’.
He said, ‘This recognition brought her to identify unborn children whose very existence is threatened as the “poorest of the poor”. Each of them depends, more than any other human being, on the love and care of the mother and on the protection of society.’
Cardinal Parolin went on the recall Mother Teresa’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in 1979, in which she said, ‘It is very important to realize that love, to be true, has to hurt. It hurt Jesus to love us, it hurt him.’
He said these words ‘are like a doorway through which we enter into the abyss, which surrounded the life of the Saint.’
Cardinal Parolin concluded his homily remembering the two simple words she had posted in every house of the Missionaries of Charity: ‘I thirst’.
‘I thirst,’ he said, ‘a thirst for fresh, clean water, a thirst for souls to console and to redeem from their ugliness to make them beautiful and pleasing in the eyes of God, a thirst for God, for His vital and luminous presence. I thirst; this is the thirst which burned in Mother Teresa: her cross and exaltation, her torment and her glory.’
‘St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!’
ST. TERESA’S RELICS TO BE VENERATED IN ROMAN CHURCHES
The Mass of Thanksgiving for the canonization of Mother Teresa this morning in St. Peter’s Square was presided over by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. The relics of Saint Mother Teresa were present on the altar for that Mass, as they were Sunday for the canonization.
Later today, Monday, the relics of Mother Teresa were moved to the St John Lateran Basilica, the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, where they will be exposed for the veneration of the faithful.
The veneration will continue on Wednesday and Thursday in the church of Saint Gregory on the Celian Hill (San Gregorio al Celio). On those days, the faithful will also have the opportunity to visit the rooms of Mother Teresa in the convent of the Missionaries of Charity next to the church. The Missionaries operate a homeless shelter near San Gregorio, in addition to numerous other charitable enterprises in Rome.
Today, September 5th, is the 19th anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death and also her feast day.