Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Saint September 5 : St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta the Founder of the Missionaries of Charity - Short Biography + Novena Prayer

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. The Bojaxhiu family was of Albanian descent. When she turned 18 she entered the Sisters of Loreto of Ireland. She took the name Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux. She taught in a missionary school in India until 1948. While traveling through India she felt God calling her to serve the poorest of the poor. She received permission to leave her order and began to help the poor with volunteers.
In 1950, she was given permission from the Vatican to start the order "The Missionaries of Charity".
In 1979, Mother Teresa received the Nobel peace prize for her tireless work for the poor.
Her order rapidly spread around the world to care for the poor, sick and marginalized in over 120 countries. She spoke of this ministry in her own words, "I once picked up a woman from a garbage dump and she was burning with fever; she was in her last days and her only lament was: ‘My son did this to me.’ I begged her: You must forgive your son. In a moment of madness, when he was not himself, he did a thing he regrets. Be a mother to him, forgive him. It took me a long time to make her say: ‘I forgive my son.’ Just before she died in my arms, she was able to say that with a real forgiveness. She was not concerned that she was dying. The breaking of the heart was that her son did not want her. This is something you and I can understand."
She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Mother died in 1997 when her order had 610 institutions in 123 countries world wide. Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. Her 100th birthday was celebrated around the world by many with special tributes. India has created a stamp with her image. Mother Teresa was Canonized as a Saint by Pope Francis on September 5, 2016 at the Vatican. (Edit)

Shared from the Missionaries of Charity
Official Novena Prayer to Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Prayed each day of the Novena

you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you,

and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request).

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.
“Jesus is my All in All”

Ask for the grace of an intimate knowledge of Jesus.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to be convinced of Jesus’ unconditional and personal love for you.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to understand Jesus’ cry of thirst.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to learn from Our Lady to quench Jesus’ thirst as she did.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to have an unshakeable trust in the God’s power and love for you and for all.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Ask for the grace to surrender your whole life to God.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Thought for the day:“Joy is the sign of union with God, of God’s presence. Joy is love, the normal result of a heart burning with love.”

Ask for the grace to find joy in loving and to share this joy with all you meet.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Ask for the grace of a deep faith to see Jesus in the Bread of Life and to serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poor.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

Ask for the grace to become a saint.

Recite the prayer to Saint Teresa

#BreakingNews Death Toll from Hurricane Dorian at 7 people with Thousands of homes Destroyed

The Bahamas prime minister raised the death toll from Hurricane Dorian on Tuesday  to seven and said more deaths were expected  "We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country's history," he said. "No effort or resources will be held back." Dorian, was later downgraded to a Category 2 storm, was the most powerful ever to hit the Bahamas, with floodwaters destroying thousands of homes, trapping people and making resue efforts all the more difficult. Around 45 percent of homes in Abaco and Grand Bahama were believed to be damaged or destroyed when the areas were pounded by 185 mph winds.
The Grand Bahama Airport was under six feet of water as of Tuesday. Images revealed the scope of damage as buildings were flooded and at least one community was destroyed. People in Grand Bahama were evacuated by rescue crews in the midst of heavy rain and wind. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued at least 21 people injured at Abaco. "We will confirm what the real situation is on the ground," Health Minister Duane Sands said. "We are hoping and praying that the loss of life is limited." Officials urged over two million people in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina to evacuate. Dorian is expected to pass close to Georgia and South Carolina on Thursday or Friday.
Edited from Fox News - Image Source Google Images
Vatican News reports that Pope Francis acknowledged the devastation wrecked so far by Hurricane Dorian in his greetings to journalists aboard the papal plane bound for Maputo, Mozambique, and asked everyone to pray for those affected. “Those poor people,” he said, “who from one day to the next have lost their homes, everything, even their lives.”

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 433

Reading 1COL1:1-8

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
and Timothy our brother,
to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:
grace to you and peace from God our Father.

We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when we pray for you,
for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and the love that you have for all the holy ones
because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.
Of this you have already heard
through the word of truth, the Gospel, that has come to you.
Just as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing,
so also among you,
from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth,
as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow slave,
who is a trustworthy minister of Christ on your behalf
and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

Responsorial PsalmPS 52:10, 11

R. (10) I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
I, like a green olive tree
in the house of God,
Trust in the mercy of God
forever and ever.
R. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
I will thank you always for what you have done,
and proclaim the goodness of your name
before your faithful ones.
R. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.

AlleluiaLK 4:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to proclaim liberty to captives.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 4:38-44

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God."
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, "To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent."
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Pope Francis departs for African countries Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, his 31st Apostolic Journey which he entrusts to Our Lady

According to Vatican News on Tuesday morning, Pope Francis made his customary visit to the Basilica of St Mary Major, to entrust his 31st Apostolic Journey to Our Lady's protection.  The prayed before the icon of Mary, Salus Popoli Romani.
Pope Francis departed for his Apostolic Journey to the African countries Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, his 31st Apostolic Journey, from Rome on Wednesday morning shortly after 8:00 a.m.

Pope Francis is expected to arrive at Maputo International Airport at approximately 6:30 pm local time.

The Alitalia Airbus A-330 has been baptized "Giovanni Battista Tiepolo" for this flight.Various religious and civil leaders were at the airport to say farewell to the Holy Father.

Smiling, as usual, the Pope greeted the captain and two hostesses who welcomed him aboard. Then he turned and waved to everyone present.
Prior to leaving the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis met with a group of about 12 people around 7:00. The group was comprised of persons from Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, the places Pope Francis will visit on this Apostolic Journey.

These immigrants have found help through the Jesuit-run Centro Astalli and the Saint Egidio Community. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Papal Almoner, accompanied the group.

As he left Italian territory, Pope Francis sent the following telegram to the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella:

As I embark on my Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, moved by the vibrant desire to encounter the brothers and sisters in the Faith and the inhabitants of these dear countries, it is a pleasure, Mr President, to send you this expression of deferential greetings, which I accompany with my most fervent prayers for the good of the Italian People.             

Welcome awaiting Pope in Maputo
Upon his arrival in Maputo around 6:30 Wednesday evening, Pope Francis will be welcomed by President Filipe Nyusi, who signed the latest peace accord this past 6 August with opposition party Renamo, thus agreeing to the elections which will take place on 15 October. After the welcoming ceremony the Pope will go to the Apostolic Nunciature to rest.

His Apostolic Visit will officially begin Thursday morning with a courtesy visit to the President, a meeting with civil authorities and members of the Diplomatic Corps, and an interreligious prayer meeting with young people.

Later on he will also meet with Mozambique's bishops, and a representation of priests, men and women religious, consecrated persons, seminarians, catechists and parish lay leaders.

Afterward, he will pay a visit to "Matthew 25" House which assists street children and youth.
Edited from combined reports by Vatican