Why Saint Teresa of Calcutta?
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, now St. Teresa of Calcutta, provides a perfect example for how we must pursue our own mission here at Catholic Charities. She constantly insisted that “everything begins with prayer.” Ultimately, it was her prayer that strengthened her to love like God and to serve like Christ as she tirelessly served the poorest of the poor. She is the perfect model for us!
What do members do?
Members are asked to pray for Catholic Charities and those we serve on a daily basis. New members will receive a prayer card to guide them in their daily prayer, along with a St. Teresa necklace medallion, which will serve as a reminder of their commitment to the society.
General intentions will be emailed to Society members once each month, and specific intentions will be emailed as necessary throughout the year. Catholic Charities will accept members’ prayer intentions and offer them during our weekly Mass in our chapel. They will remain near the tabernacle for several days after having been presented.
February: Affirming Women’s Dignity
During the month of February, we will join together in prayer over the need to affirm the dignity of women. Pope Francis issued a global petition on this topic. He exhorted countries all over the world to respect and value women, for so many face difficult situations causing them to feel despised and marginalized. The pope stressed that the world must also “condemn sexual violence against women and remove the barriers that prevent their full integration into social, political and economic life.”
Homelessness can be one of the greatest threats to women’s sense of dignity and integration into society. February is also the month Samaritan House shelter encourages the community to show love and care for women experiencing homelessness during its 28 Days of Love campaign.
In all of its ministries, Catholic Charities seeks to help women understand they are unique child of God. We join the pope in praying that “women may be honored and respected and valued for their essential contribution to society.”
Let us ask God to help us show women respect and help them find renewed dignity. Join us in reciting the following prayer each Friday during the month.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus Christ on the cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all. Obtain from the wounded heart of Jesus, a complete transformation of my own heart—so as to be filled with the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, humility, charity, self-control and a perfect submission to the will of God. Unified with Christ, let me experience the pains and joys of my neighbor, as you did.
May your intercession, O St. Teresa of Calcutta, keep me away from the evils of this world and help me be a light to others. Teach me to allow Jesus in to my life so that I, too, may radiate His light and love to others.
I come to ask for your intercession on my special intention: that you will help women understand and know their dignity in your eyes.