Thought for the Day – 5 September – The Memorial of St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
Through her life and work Mother Teresa gave visibility to the invisible God, as a light bulb makes electricity visible. As the light bulb does not produce the electricity, so too the power to do good belonged not to her but to the Lord. There were therefore no grounds for her to be proud. It was clear to her that the more united she was to Jesus, like the branch to the vine, the more abundantly she would bear fruit for Him.
“Let us thank God and Our Lady” was her spontaneous response when people thanked her for the blessings they received through her prayers. Aware of the Source of all power, she wrote in the first pages of her handwritten Constitutions:
“It was Jesus Christ on the Cross through His blessed Mother—in His great mercy and love—who chose one of His most unworthy and most incapable of human beings to start His own work among the poor. Therefore the Society as a whole or in detail is completely and will always remain the sole possession of the Mother of God.”
(Fr Sebastian Vazhakala MC a member of St Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, who knew, worked and loved St Teresa for 31 years)
St Mother Teresa Pray for us that we too may make the invisible God visible! “Let us thank God and Our Lady”