The school I work in, St Joan of Arc, has a very special relationship with a home for the children of lepers in Kolkata, India. This home was founded under the inspiration of Mother Teresa. On Monday 5th SEPTEMBER we celebrated the first memorial of SAINT MOTHER TERESA of KOLKATA. Mother Teresa was finally made a saint on Sunday (4th September) 19 years after her death on 5th September 1997.
She has been made a venerated Saint of Church because of two verified miracles believed to be achieved because of her prayers since her death. She will of course be remembered most for the incredible work she did in her lifetime.
This year we have been focussing on ‘mercy’, but Mother Teresa lived out God’s mercy everyday. She was only 4ft 9 but worked in one of the world’s most dangerous places – the Kolkata slums. She saw suffering all around her and did whatever she could to make the world a better place with the help of her sisters and brothers in the religious order she founded – the Missionaries of Charity.
Below are some quotes she is known to have said, choose one to reflect on as you or your children begin this school year:
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
If you can’t help a hundred people, then help just one.
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
Saint Mother Teresa: Pray for us.
Remember: Read to the quotes again. Choose just one and try to remember it.