Dear Friends ~
Being that today is Good Friday, I thought I would continue on with my search into the Divine Mercy.
I started a novena to the Divine Mercy today –
Here is the link if you are interested
I hope you will join me and saying this amazing novena.
I also receive daily inspiration from the Divine Mercy Daily –
I will be reading these little meditations every day, and with that I am hoping to help you and me understand all about Saint Faustina. It is a daily reflection from the diary of St Faustina.
Here is one quote from St Faustina ~ It is one I sometimes struggle with ~
I hope I can make these readings enjoyable for you.
Have a wonderful Easter.
Good Morning my dear friends ~
It has been long time coming that I talk with you about the Divine Mercy. I am learning along with you. I have been introduced to Saint Faustina many times over the years and have decided to take a longer look into her diary –
The Diary chronicles the message that Jesus, the Divine Mercy, gave to the world through this humble nun. It reminds us to trust in His forgiveness — and as Christ is merciful, so, too, are we instructed to be merciful to others. This message exemplifies God’s love toward mankind and to this day remains a source of hope and renewal. Keep the Diary next to your Bible for constant insight and inspiration for your spiritual growth!
I would love to share with you a few lines from her diary every week. This is the perfect time to reflect on our lives. During the rest of the lenten season I would love you to follow along with me as we see why Jesus pick this wonderful nun to send His message to the world.
Here is the first of the Diary ~
Saint Maria Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in a small village west of Lodz, Poland. When she was almost twenty, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the care and education of troubled young women. In the 1930’s, Sister Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God’s mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God’s plan of mercy for the world. She wrote and suffered in secret, with only her spiritual director and some of her superiors aware that anything special was taking place in her life. After her death from tuberculosis in 1938, even her closest associates were amazed as they began to discover what great sufferings and deep mystical experiences had been given to this Sister of theirs. The message of mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, has become the handbook for devotion to the Divine Mercy.
Thank you for following along with me as I continue to learn more about the wonderful Saint.
Have a wonderful day.
In addition to promoting literacy, Teresa taught the children basic hygiene. She visited their families, inquiring about their needs and helping provide for them when she could.
Word began to spread about Mother Teresa’s good works, and soon she had other volunteers wanting to help. By 1950 she was able to start the Mission of Charity – a congregation dedicated to caring for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.”
She went on to open a hospice for the poor, a home for sufferers of leprosy, and a home for orphans and homeless youths.
A symbol of varied meanings, the single white rose has long signified the purity between lovers who exchange the flower or the purity and innocence of the soul or person receiving it. Contrary to the passion associated with a single red rose, a single white rose acknowledges everlasting love, honor and respect, especially when given to a person of authority or esteem or when used as part of a celebration or event.
Their pure color conveys respect, pays homage to new starts and expresses hope for the future. Historically, the white rose symbolized innocence and purity.
How perfect for this white rose to be a symbol for Mother Teresa.
She was respected by so many, and always had so much hope for our future.
AND……. for the innocence of the little children she took care of.
I hope you have enjoyed these weeks ~ sharing with you about Mother Teresa.
Next week will be our last post for Mother Teresa ~
Until next time.
Enjoy your long weekend.
In 1948 Sister Teresa set aside her nun’s habit – adopting instead the simple sari and sandals worn by the women she would be living among – and moved to a small rented hovel in the slums to begin her work.
Teresa’s first year in the slums was particularly hard. She was used to a life of comparative comfort, and now she had no income and no way to obtain food and supplies other than begging. She was often tempted to return to convent life, and had to rely on her determination and faith to get herself through it.
One of her first projects was to teach the children of the poor – drawing on her experience with teaching the children of the rich. She didn’t have any equipment or supplies this time, but she taught them to read and write by writing in the dirt with sticks.
The Missionaries of Charity
Mother Teresa quickly translated this somewhat vague calling into concrete actions to help the city’s poor. She began an open-air school and established a home for the dying destitute in a dilapidated building she convinced the city government to donate to her cause. In October 1950, she won canonical recognition for a new congregation, the Missionaries of Charity, which she founded with only a handful of members—most of them former teachers or pupils from St. Mary’s School.
As the ranks of her congregation swelled and donations poured in from around India and across the globe, the scope of Mother Teresa’s charitable activities expanded exponentially. Over the course of the 1950s and 1960s, she established a leper colony, an orphanage, a nursing home, a family clinic and a string of mobile health clinics.
I love these pictures of Mother Teresa with the little ones. You can see how much she loved the little children.
Such joy when she was holding the babies.
See how she listens to the children.
All in all she is a beautiful human being.’
Until next week, I send you lots of love.
Have a peaceful week.
Good Morning Friends ~
I have been out of the loop for a few week, but I’m back on track with our dear Mother Teresa.
These are a few facts about her early life as she begins her mission becoming the saint she is today, who is loved by so many.
On May 14, 1937, Teresa took her final vows, promising to serve God for the rest of her life. Teresa eventually became the principal of Loreto.
Mother Teresa’s ‘Call Within a Call’
On September 10, 1946, Mother Teresa experienced a second calling, the “call within a call” that would forever transform her life. She was riding in a train from Calcutta to the Himalayan foothills for a retreat when she said Christ spoke to her and told her to abandon teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta aiding the city’s poorest and sickest people.
But since Mother Teresa had taken a vow of obedience, she could not leave her convent without official permission. After nearly a year and a half of lobbying, in January 1948 she finally received approval to pursue this new calling. That August, donning the blue-and-white sari that she would wear in public for the rest of her life, she left the Loreto convent and wandered out into the city. After six months of basic medical training, she voyaged for the first time into Calcutta’s slums with no more specific a goal than to aid “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.”
It was hard for Sister Teresa to know where to start helping in such a large city as Calcutta. She began by helping the Little Sisters of the Poor work with elderly people. On December 21, 1948, Sister Teresa finally set out on the streets of Calcutta to start her mission from God. She walked out into the city with a packed lunch, but nothing else. She had no money, materials, or companions. The first place Sister Teresa decided to go was the slum that she could see from outside her window while teaching in the Loreto.
As I will always say ~ What a beautiful soul ~
I am so reminded while I read these facts how important it is to love one another.
Family is so important.
Until next time.
Good Morning Dear Friends ~
Although Mother Teresa lived to be 87, she never saw her mother or sister again after the day she left for Ireland.
Mother Teresa’s Family – Her mom & sister to the right
Her dad & Mother Teresa to the left.
After a year learning English in Ireland, Agnes transferred to the Sisters of Loreto convent in Darjeeling, India
Convent where Mother Teresa was head of the Missionaries.
Mother Teresa at age 18
Some Family History
Have an amazing day & Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms.
Dear Friends ~
Today we talk about Mother Teresa from age 12 thru age 18
Remember we learned last week that Mother Teresa was born with the name Agnes.
Agnes was fascinated with missionaries from an early age, and by 12 she knew that she would commit herself to a religious vocation.
When she was 18, Agnes left home and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Rathfarnham, Ireland.
Agnes attended a convent-run primary school and then a state-run secondary school. As a girl, she sang in the local Sacred Heart choir and was often asked to sing solos. The congregation made an annual pilgrimage to the Church of the Black Madonna in Letnice, and it was on one such trip at the age of 12 that she first felt a calling to a religious life.
As Agnes turned 18, she found her true calling as a nun and left home for good to enrol herself at the Institute of the Blessed Mary Virgin, also called Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland. It was there that she first received the name Sister Mary Teresa after St Therese of Lisieux. After a year of training, Sister Mary Teresa came to India in 1929 and initiated her novitiate in Darjeeling, West Bengal, as a teacher at St Teresa’s School. She learned the local language of the state, Bengali. Sister Teresa took her first religious vows in May 1931. Thereafter, she was assigned duty at the Loreto Entally community of Calcutta and taught at St Mary’s School.
Picture of ~ St Therese of Lisieux ~
Back to Mother Teresa ~
One of Mother Teresa’s first assignments was to teach, and eventually to serve as principal, in a girls’ high school in Calcutta. Although the school was close to the slums (terribly poor sections), the students were mainly wealthy. In 1946 Mother Teresa experienced what she called a second vocation or “call within a call.” She felt an inner urging to leave the convent life (life of a nun) and work directly with the poor. In 1948 the Vatican (residence of the pope in Vatican City, Italy) gave her permission to leave the Sisters of Loretto and to start a new work under the guidance of the Archbishop of Calcutta.
To prepare to work with the poor, Mother Teresa took an intensive medical training with the American Medical Missionary Sisters in Patna, India. Her first venture in Calcutta was to gather unschooled children from the slums and start to teach them. She quickly attracted both financial support and volunteers. In 1950 her group, now called the Missionaries of Charity, received official status as a religious community within the Archdiocese of Calcutta. Members took the traditional vows of poverty, chastity (purity), and obedience, but they added a fourth vow—to give free service to the most poor.
So much to learn about this beautiful woman. Such a special woman to give her life to the poor and underprivileged.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
Good Morning Friend ~
I will be sharing 20 facts about Mother Teresa over the next 20 weeks.
We start with her family picture as a young girl.
Mother Teresa is a household name for her good works, but many people don’t know much about her beyond “nun who helped the poor.” Here are 20 facts about Mother Teresa.
1. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born Aug. 26, 1910, in Macedonia to a financially comfortable Albanian family (they owned two houses, one of which they lived in). Her father died when she was 8, ending her family’s financial security.
Born to Nikolle and Dranafile Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Mother Teresa was the youngest child of the Albanian couple. She was born on August 26, 1919 and was baptized the following day as Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, a date she considered her ‘true birthday’. She received her First Communion when she was five and a half.
Raised in a devoutly Catholic family, her father was an entrepreneur by profession. Her mother had a spiritual and religious bent of mind and was active participant in the local church activities.
Sudden and tragic death of her father when she was eight years old left young Agnes disheartened. Despite facing financial crisis, Dranafile did not compromise on the upbringing of her children and raised them with utmost love, care and affection. Over the years, young Agnes grew extremely close to her mother.
It was Dranafile’s firm belief and religious attitude that greatly influenced Agnes character and future vocation. A pious and compassionate woman, she instilled in Agnes a deep commitment to charity, which was further affirmed by her involvement in the Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart.
As I begin my research on Mother Teresa I have such feelings of peace.
I have had this peace since I started my Sunday Reflections.
I hope you follow along with me as we learn much more about this beautiful woman.
God Bless you today & every day.
Enjoy your Sunday!!
Good Morning Dear Friend ~
I was looking through some of my blogger friends emails today, and came across this post.
This came from a very sweet spiritual woman’s blog ~
I thought, such powerful words to live by ~
I will share with you just a few ways we can help each other ~
- Spouses need encouragement. Leave “Post-it” notes with words of gratitude and love thoughts in special places.
- Pray for someone when they share a hurt or burden. Right then. People are more blessed when you pray with them immediately, rather than saying I’ll be praying for you.
- Who do you love? Tell your friend or family member you do. We all need to hear that we are loved.
Please be sure to see the other 49 ways to encourage others. They are so worth reading.
52 Practical and Thoughtful Ways to Encourage Others
Have a wonderful Sunday.