Today is the feast day of Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She is one of my heroines! Never a woman of noble wealth, Saint Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, through the grace of God. This organization, established in 1950, with a handful of followers, now has more than 5,000 Sisters, in over 750 houses, in 139 countries! Starting with nothing more than a command from Jesus to satiate His thirst for souls, Saint Teresa set to work serving the poorest of the poor. Through her witness to the love of God, Saint Teresa drew those souls to Christ, thus fulfilling God’s plan for her.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta – Our Example
Saint Teresa laid the groundwork for us to follow in her footsteps. It is now our job to satiate Christ’s thirst for souls. How might we accomplish that?
- Give of yourself, to those in need. When we give to others, we feel blessed! It’s such a good feeling. That good feeling is Christ’s way of saying Thank You! So, donate some of your time to your local food bank, homeless shelter, Goodwill facility, etc.
- Share your faith. By your mere, silent witness, be Christlike to others. When you treat others as you would want to be treated, you are recognizing the dignity inherent in others. Your witness of goodness will draw others to you, and thus to Christ.
- Pray for people to open their hearts to Jesus’ call. He hears our prayers, and when two or more of us join in prayer asking for the same thing – nothing less than an opening of hearts to Christ – Jesus will answer us with a resounding YES!
- Do small things with great love, and witness the greatness of God, through your actions.
Notice that each of these suggestions on how you can bring souls to Christ, costs you not one penny! Apparently, Saint Teresa was on to something here. Let us follow in her footsteps and answer the call to satiate Jesus’ thirst for souls to love. Let’s get crackin’! We’ve got a lot of work to do!
Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us, that we may succeed, where you left off, in bringing more souls to Christ. Amen.
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