Our Patroness

St. Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of CalcuttaBlessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Jesus has made Himself the Bread of life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that Adoration."

There has been a great deal written on Mother Teresa and her journey to the heart of Christ. Her life was one poured out like Our Lord in selfless sacrifice to become the love of Christ among us. She brought the healing touch of Jesus to every soul that Lord led her to. Her words, actions, and prayers flowed from her love for Christ's true presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Mother Teresa and her Missions of Charity (the order she founded) began every day with the Mass, rosary, and silent adoration. Mother Teresa and her sisters were keenly aware that they needed to encounter Christ first in the Eucharist, so they were properly disposed to serve and love Christ in the poor, needy, and outcast of society.

The words of Christ that rested near the altar of sacrifice in their convent in Calcutta were the words of Christ from the cross: "I thirst." Mother Teresa constantly reminded us that our Lord thirsts for souls that he may pour out his love and mercy. Her strength flowed from the Lord and his true presence in the Eucharist. Though she endured a spiritual darkness, she was filled with light and life. Her life like our saviors was poured out for the salvation of souls. She is truly a Eucharistic Saint, for she, like Our Blessed Mother, always pointed to Jesus, reminding us "to do whatever he tells you".

She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003.

Corporal work of Mercy/ to cloth the naked
Spiritual work of Mercy/ to comfort the afflicted

Prayer of Our Patron Saint

Mother Teresa: "Do It Anyway"

This version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

-this version is credited to Mother Teresa