Mother Teresa Beatification: "Holiness is not the luxury of the few, it is a simple duty for each one of us."
We, the Missionaries of Charity, give thanks
and praise to God that our Holy Father, Pope
John Paul II, has officially recognized the
holiness of our mother, Mother Teresa, and
approved the miracle obtained through her
intercession. We are filled with joy in
anticipation of the Beatification that will take
place in Rome on Mission Sunday, 19
October 2003, the closest Sunday to the
25th anniversary of the Holy Father's
Pontificate and the end of the Year of the
Today, after three and a half years of
investigation and study, the Church confirms
that Mother heroically lived the Christian life
and that God has lifted her up as both a
model of holiness and an intercessor for all.
Mother is a symbol of love and compassion.
When Mother was with us, we were
witnesses to her shining example of all the
Christian virtues. Her life of loving service to
the poor has inspired many to follow the
same path. Her witness and message are
cherished by those of every religion as a
sign that "God still loves the world today."
For the past five years since Mother's death,
people have sought her help and have
experienced God's love for them through her
prayers. Every day, pilgrims from India and
around the world come to pray at her tomb
and many more follow her example of
humble service of love to the most needy,
beginning in their own families.
Mother often said, "Holiness is not the luxury
of the few, it is a simple duty for each one of
us." May her example help us to strive for
holiness: to love God, to respect and love
every human person created by God in His
own image and in whom He dwells, and to
care for our poor and suffering brethren. May
all the sick, the suffering, and those who
seek God's help find a friend and
intercessor in Mother.
Sr. M. Nirmala, MC
Fr. Brian, MC
24 Dec 2002