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.
July: Justice and Human Rights
The tragic and heart–breaking deaths of women and men of color in the United States has brought justice and human rights to the center of our attention with people responding in various ways. Some people are aggressively protesting, some people are angry with protestors, others are joining with public and faith leaders, and still others have chosen not to respond at all. In her own words, St. Teresa of Calcutta shares her beliefs about justice and human rights:
Should I devote myself to struggle for the justice of tomorrow or even for the justice of today, the most needy people would die right in front of me because they lack a glass of milk. To me the most important is to serve the neediest people.
We believe that Charitable Services and Social Justice, often called the two feet of Catholic Social Teaching, are essential for advancing the common good and the flourishing of every human being one step at a time.
St. Teresa of Calcutta,
Like you, help us to be aware and concerned for people who are most needy. May our prayers support them through the services of Catholic Charities so that all will flourish in a just and peaceful world. We ask this in your name.