The Church today invites us to celebrate the life of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, fondly called as our Mother
The official canonization portrait of Mother Teresa depicts the “Unity Cross” on her rosary.
The Unity Cross is a picture of Jesus on a low cross, enabling Mary to be pressed against Him, as she collects His Blood in the chalice, which is at the center of the picture.
The story of Saint Teresa of Calcutta is the story of a beloved disciple, who left happiness to find joy at the foot of the Cross, where Christ thirsts for those the world leaves behind. The life of Mother Teresa is a life spent at the foot of the Cross, listening for Christ’s thirst, learning what it means, sharing in it, and seeking to slake it. In her singular mission to bring “tender love and care” to the Poorest of the Poor, she gave her Beloved something to drink.
Let us reflect on some thoughts shared by the Saint during her lifetime on earth
I will carry my cross but not alone
Look at the cross and you will know what one soul means to Jesus
When you look at the crucifix you understand how much Jesus loved you then, When you look at the sacred heart of Jesus in the Eucharist, you understand how much God loves you now
For love to be real, it must cost, it must hurt, it must empty us of self.”
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1.18)
Life will not postpone our death. So let us not postpone our life. Today is the day (Kairos)
Are you willing to carry your cross today?