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.
May: The Gift of Motherhood
In the face of severe illness, economic downturns, school and business closings, unplanned unemployment, and unforeseen deaths caused by the Coronavirus, the people of the United States take the opportunity to honor their mothers, both living and deceased, on Mother’s Day. Through the love and sacrifices of our mothers we are given life—a gift beyond all gifts.
From her experience of her own mother and serving mothers who came to her religious community for help, St. Teresa of Calcutta writes about the gift of motherhood given to a woman by God.
“That special power of loving that belongs to a woman is seen most clearly when she becomes a mother. Motherhood is the gift of God to women. How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gift that brings such joy to the whole world, women and men alike!”
In thanksgiving for the gift of life, Catholic Charities of Denver supports women in their responsibilities as mothers. Our Respect Life Office is the foundation for encouraging and supporting motherhood. Marisol Health Services provides medical care during a woman’s pregnancy and after she gives birth. Marisol Homes offers a safe home when necessary. Gabriel House is available for the needs of infants and their families. With your support and prayers, the gift of life is fostered from conception to natural death.
Blessed St. Teresa,
Your awareness of the wonderful gift of motherhood encourages us to be grateful for the love given to us by our own mothers. Through your intercession, may the gift of motherhood be blessed and honored in our lives and in our world every day. We ask this through Mary, the Mother of Jesus,