With all the turmoils happening in the world today, man-made and natural causes, which make devastating impact mostly on the lives of the poor, there is nothing more praising and inspiriting than hearing the news that Mother Teresa will be made a Catholic saint.
Mother Teresa, known as “the saint of the gutters,” was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 after dedicating her life to working on behalf of the poor, particularly in the slums of Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta).
Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on Aug. 26, 1910, into an ethnic Albanian family in what is today the Republic of Macedonia, she joined the Loreto order of nuns in 1928.
In 1946, while traveling by train from Kolkata to Darjeeling, Mother Teresa was inspired to form the Missionaries of Charity order.
The order was established four years later and has since opened more than 130 houses worldwide to provide comfort and care for the needy.
By the time of her death in 1997 at the age of 87, Mother Teresa’s India-based Missionaries of Charity supported 4,000 nuns and ran hundreds of orphanages, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and clinics around the world.
In 2003 Pope John Paul II did the honors of beatifying Mother Teresa after being accredited to a first miracle when she answered an Indian woman’s prayers to cure her brain tumor, according to the Vatican.
Mother Teresa’s marched to sainthood happened in 2008 after reportedly performing a second miracle (a requirement for canonization) by interceding in the prayers for a man who suddenly recovered and woke up from a long coma caused by a viral brain infection.
Pope Francis approved the second miracle and would probably canonize Mother Teresa on Sept. 4, the day before the anniversary of her death, which is also her official feast day.
“It is a real Christmas gift that the Holy Father has given, especially the Church in (Kolkata),” said Archbishop Thomas D’Souza, the Indian city’s archbishop. “We were waiting for this moment, since many years really, and now that it has come we are very happy, overjoyed.”
I am sure Mother Teresa will also lend her ears for and will always have merciful feelings towards the poor and the downtrodden all over the world.