On September 4, Pope Francis plans to canonize Mother Teresa, whose life sent the world a single, urgent message: love and caring are the most important things in life.
Perhaps we can best understand why she is worthy of veneration and imitation by reflecting on some of her own words:
“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody. The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity, the terrible indifference toward one’s neighbor who lives at the roadside, assaulted by exploitation, corruption, poverty and disease.
“Those who are a burden to society, who have lost all hope and faith in life, who have forgotten how to smile and no longer know what it means to receive a little human warmth, a gesture of love and friendship—they turn to us to receive a little bit of comfort. If we turn our backs on them, we turn our backs on Christ.
“Our love and our joy in serving must be in proportion to the degree to which our task is repugnant.”
Our prayer today: Mother Teresa, Saint of Mercy, pray for us that we may truly see the image of God in the spiritually most deprived and disfigured of our brothers and sisters.