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.
January: Human Dignity
We are blessed to live in a democratic society founded on God as our Creator giving us inalienable rights to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A crucial part to the flourishing of our society and local community is the promotion of human dignity. This is foundational to a healthy Colorado.
After the elections in November, our state ushered in new leaders and lawmakers. We ask the Holy Spirit to guide our new legislators in enacting laws that preserve human dignity from conception to natural death both today and in the years to come.
During this month, we remember that Catholic Charities exists to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need. A large part of that healing ministry is to remind all those we serve of their inherent dignity. Whether families come to our shelters, early childhood education centers or our counseling ministry, we are there to address their needs and support them.
Let us pray that our own families and our leaders will follow the example of St. Teresa of Calcutta in promoting human dignity.
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 promote human dignity.