Sunday, August 21, 2016

Catholic Relief Services Prepares for Sainthood of Mother Teresa

Fijamos la mirada en tu ejemplo,
alejándote del camino seguro 
arriesgando todo para cumplir la voluntad del Señor 
con los más pobres de los pobres. 
Y escuchamos el agonizante lamento que invocabas: “Tengo sed”.

¿Acaso nosotros no hemos escuchado también la Voz de Dios?

We gaze upon your example
Walking off the safe path
To risk all in doing the will of the Lord
For the poorest of the poor.
And we hear the agonizing cry of the one who called upon you: “I thirst.”
Have we too not heard the voice of God? 
-from I Thirst, A prayer inspired by Mother Teresa  (Tengo sed, una oración inspirada por Madre Teresa)
Together with the entire Church, Catholic Relief Services has planned a celebration of the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Rome on Sept. 4, 2016 .

CRS has a long history with Mother Teresa. "We assisted Mother Teresa before her work was well known and have been a friend of the Missionaries of Charity, religious sisters devoted to 'wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor,' for nearly 50 years," said CRS.

To prepare for this momentous occasion, CRS has put together two special sites, one dedicated to  the canonization and the other providing  a collection of resources  to help communities of faith  to learn about and celebrate her witness of faith. The resources include a flyer in English and Spanish, an intergenerational parish-wide activity illustrating about how Mother Teresa is a model of faith for us today, A prayer in English and Spanish inspired by Mother Teresa(excerpts at the top of this blog post), and videos with personal stories and reflections about Mother Teresa.

"Hearing the voice of God while traveling from Calcutta to Darjeerling, Mother Teresa was moved to reach out to Calcutta's poorest citizens. Her ministry blossomed into the formation of the Missionaries of Charity who operate today in countries around the world," said CRS.

"Mother Teresa's tireless efforts on behalf of God’s most vulnerable children made her the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and an example for millions worldwide devoted to the struggle for human life and dignity," added the international relief organization.

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