This picture of Mother Teresa sits in a frame in my childhood bedroom in Cape Cod. I looked at it a lot when I went back there this past month.
My mother idolized Mother Teresa and the missionaries of charity who followed her to work among the poorest of the poor. My mother was inspired by her faith, her commitment and her service on the front lines of humanity. She visited her in Calcutta and even invited her to our home when I was a young woman, imploring me to sit with her. My mother told me, “One day this woman will be a saint.” Needless to say I thought she was dreaming. She wasn’t. On Sunday, September 4, 2016, Mother Teresa will be canonized.
She was indeed a woman of great service and faith, but she also struggled with that faith — making her even more human and fascinating to me. Her work continues to this day. She never made any money, never had a social media account and never thought about her brand. She just followed her heart, and in doing so, others supported her and followed her around the world.
One of my favorite comments from her was when someone said to her, “I want to come work with you in Calcutta.” She responded, “Find your own Calcutta.”
There are places all over the world where each of us can be of service. We just have to open our eyes, our minds and our hearts. There are saints in progress all among us. Maybe you are even one. God bless Mother Teresa. She mothered, and in doing so, changed not just her life but the lives of millions.
A saint among us. Bravo!