Born Agnes Bojaxhiu in the city of Skoplie, Albania, Mother Teresa felt called at a young age to service in God’s Kingdom. She became a vowed religious in the Catholic order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Loreto, a community dedicated to the education of youth.
While working in Calcutta during the early years of her religious life, she experienced a “call within a call” to minister to the poor. In time, Mother Teresa gathered around her a small group willing to help her in this effort. This congregation came to be known as the Missionaries of Charity, whose ministry remains service to the “poorest of the poor,” seeing in them the “face of Jesus.”
In her earthly life, Mother Teresa gained immense recognition and worldwide attention. For many, her very name has become synonymous with holiness and purity. Like the Virgin Mary, Mother Teresa said “yes” to God. Her life’s witness calls us to trust in God’s providence and have faith in divine love, praising God in the lives of those “outcasts” in our midst.
In the spirit of traditional icons of the Madonna and Child, this image shows Mother Teresa holding a small Indian boy as if holding in her maternal embrace Jesus himself. In a world of “untouchables” Mother Teresa courageously touched those rejected by society, bringing to the “least of God’s people” comfort and a depth of dignity no earthly wealth could purchase. Hers is one of the holiest lives to have graced the world in the past century.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque, print and photo.)
A Prayer of the Missionaries of Charity
Dear Lord, the Great Healer, I kneel before You,
Since every perfect gift must come from You.
I pray, give skill to my hands, clear vision to my
mind, kindness and meekness to my heart.
Give me singleness of purpose, strength to lift
up a part of the burden of my suffering fellow
men, and a true realization of the privilege that is mine.
Take from my heart all guile and worldliness, That with the simple faith of a child, I may rely on You. Amen.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
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