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.
Life is sacred, and each one of us has dignity endowed by our creator. When we look at life issues, we sometimes ignore laws about the death penalty and believe it should be an option. Yet even those that commit crimes are children of God. The bishops of Colorado are in support of the elimination of the death penalty here in Colorado. Unlike some underdeveloped countries, we have a prison system that keeps those who are a threat to society safely behind bars.
Each of us should have an opportunity to repent for our sinful behavior. Think of St. Paul before his conversion. He could have easily been killed for his murderous persecution of the Church. What a loss that would have been for all of us. As it was, he was killed for his faith in Jesus Christ but not before he was able to write numerous letters that we find in the New Testament.
Let us pray for the conversion of all those that have committed terrible crimes and are destined to spend the rest of their days on earth behind bars. May the Holy Spirit help them with a humble contrite heart. Let’s also pray for the victims of crime that the same Holy Spirit will heal them and give them the ability to forgive their perpetrators.
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 end the death penalty and give forgiveness to perpetrators of crime.