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.
Marriage is the foundation of our society. The union of a man and a woman dates back to Adam and Eve. We don’t need to look further than the Holy Family to see the importance God placed on having Mary and Joseph nurturing and raising our Lord Jesus Christ. We live in a world trying to redefine marriage, but no law or court ruling can change the truth about marriage.
Catholic Charities offers many ministries that support couples and their families. It’s counseling ministry St. Raphael Counseling works tirelessly to help those struggling in their marriages both through one–on–one counseling and marriage retreats. They know that a strong marriage is critical to the well–being of children as well as our society, not to mention part of God’s plan for us.
Let’s spend this month praying for the strengthening of marriage and for changing the hearts of those determined to redefine marriage as something it is not. Let’s also pray for the counselors at St. Raphael’s that they may be led by the Holy Spirit to help heal those marriages that are broken and in need of repair.
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: to protect and strengthen marriages.