Today in Rome, on the nineteenth anniversary of her death, Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta. For much of her life, she was known as the "living saint." Born, in modern day Skopje, Macedonia as Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, in 1910 she became known as the “saint of the gutters.” She entered the Sisters of Loreto and went to India to educate the girls of wealthy parents. On a train ride from Calcutta to Darjeeling, she received her inspiration to establish the Missionaries of Charity dedicated to the service and needs of the poor. On August 17, 1948, she dressed for the first time in a white, blue-bordered sari and entered the world of the poor. Mother Teresa’s worldwide fame came as a result of her care for the poor, the sick and the dying of India. Winner of countless awards and accolades she always sought to do small things with great love.
May we strive to honor her by doing the same.
Pat Schifini, OSU