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.
PENTECOST, Again & Again
The coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost is described as both a collective and individual experience in the Acts of the Apostles (Act 2:1-4). A noise like a strong driving wind was heard by all and tongues as of fire parted and came to rest on each one. The Holy Spirit inspired and enabled the Apostles to speak in different languages the good news of salvation.
St. Teresa of Calcutta received inspiration from the Holy Spirit on September 10, 1946 while travelling by train. Later she would describe her experience as a “call within a call.” She was called at age 18 to join the Sisters of Loretto and now she was called to begin the Missionaries of Charity to speak a language of love to the sick and poor.
Like St. Teresa, Catholic Charities Immigration Services hears a call within a call from the Holy Spirit. Catholic Charities immigration staff first welcomes and then assists low-income and indigent immigrant people to obtain access to services that foster family reunification, self-sufficiency, and growth. This too is a language of love.
St. Teresa of Calcutta,
You were always open to the Holy Spirit alive and active in your life. Assist us in being ready and willing to let the Holy Spirit inspire and direct us to speak a language of love to all the people we know and all who come to Catholic Charities for immigration services. We ask this through the Spirit of God.