Mother Teresa’s Canonization – For a life simply yet extraordinarily lived, Mother Teresa has become a household name for the Catholic world and beyond. Come September 4th, Mother Teresa will officially become a saint.
Pope Francis made the announcement in December after a second miracle involving the healing of a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumors was confirmed.
Mother Teresa’s Canonization throws light on the whole essence of Christianity. The nun lived an incredibly selfless life. In an era where self-love and materialism trends, this exceptional Christian and Indian nun found fulfillment in living out the opposite and today even atheists attest to the greatness of this noble woman.
More than one similarities can be found in the lives of Mother Teresa and Pope Francis. First, choosing the life of poverty and reaching out to the sick, poor and broken in the world.
Logically it could be seen that Mother Teresa is a perfect picture of the Pope’s idea of Christianity. The world leader had once shared his disappointment in seeing clerics and religious people in latest brand of exotic cars.
It is indeed significant that Pope Francis, who shares the same message as the nun, will be the one to canonize her.
Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Theology & Religious Studies at Villanova University, is reported to have said:
“Mother Teresa is exactly the kind of Christianity that Pope Francis has in mind.”
“Mother Teresa embodies the future of the church and of Catholicism in a world that is closer to Francis’ personal biography and what he says than to biographies of his predecessor popes.”
The nun founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. Today the order has about 4,500 sisters all around the world.
For reaching out to the dejected, sick, and dying, she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She said this in her acceptance speech:
“But I am grateful and I am very happy to receive it in the name of the hungry, of the naked, of the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the leprous, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared, thrown away of the society, people who have become a burden to the society, and are ashamed by everybody.”
Mary Hasson, director of the Catholic Women’s Forum at the Ethics and Public Policy Center says Mother Teresa is proof that women can serve and move the church forward without being clericalized.
“One of the things [Francis has] reinforced for women is the idea that we don’t need to be clericalized, we don’t need to be ordained to have a huge impact, in order to exercise spiritual greatness.”
“That really is the story of Mother’ Teresa’s life.”