Grace to you!
As we witness the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta (4 September 2016), may I share a few lines concerning her. It’s culled from my book manuscript Journey of Faith due for publication early 2017.
“Our faith inspires us not to wait for God to bring about the perfection of His plans in our lives and those of others. We shall step up the game and do all we can to fulfill the plan. God is not going to provide bread for the poor of Somalia. God uses us to do so. God is not going to enter the lab and work with nature’s elements to provide morally suitable vaccines and medicine to improve health care. He expects us to do so. The giver of the gift of rationality and freedom isn’t going to usurp humanity’s power of procreation, of various product developments, of formulation of civil laws in tandem with the laws of nature for the common good.
In other words, God’s providence is an endorsement of the sense of responsibility. Fly we must, with this gift. The grace to do so is guaranteed….
As I reflect on this, a nun who stepped up the game comes to mind. She was a middle-aged woman who came in the midst of poverty and cruelty and was able to lead a life of faith tied to charity, becoming a true instrument of divine providence through charity and mercy.
She saw the tragic situation where she was and listened to the voice of God through the eyes of faith whispering to her: “Something has to be done.” Fuelled by the faith that can move mountains and confident in the God who provides, she took all the money she had and rented an old building with a dirt floor. The building wasn’t much, but this woman believed it would do. That was faith – faith in action.
The next day, she went around the neighborhood and offered to teach the children. Her classroom was the old building. She had no desks, no chairs and no table. Her chalkboard was the dirt floor. She rubbed it smooth with an old rag and wrote on it with a stick. Her motivation – to make the world a better place, become a disciple of God’s providence and imprint in peoples’ heart the mark of Jesus.
Today, that woman has over 80 fully equipped schools, 300 modern mobile dispensaries, 70 leprosy clinics, 30 homes for the dying, 30 homes for abandoned children and close to 50,000 volunteers worldwide helping to further her vision. The woman, you may guess, is Mother Teresa of Calcutta. What Mother Teresa of Calcutta did through the apostolate of charity and service, many can also do in all walks of life today.”
May there be many Mother Teresas in our time. Amen
Mother Theresa of Calcutta, pray for us.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.