Mother Teresa becomes Saint, Pope touches controversial topic at canonization

Mother Teresa becomes Saint, Pope touches controversial topic at canonization

I am not Catholic, but I always had reverence for and a great admiration for Mother Teresa. She was truly a selfless soul. She gave all the days of her life and no one spoke for the unborn more ardently than Mother Teresa. It is fitting that Pope Francis today declared her a saint.

Mother Teresa was an Albanian-born nun, known as the “Saint of the Gutters” for helping the poor masses in the streets. Over 100,000 people showed up in Saint Peter’s Square for her canonization. Pope Francis called Mother Teresa an “emblematic figure of womanhood and of consecrated life” and a “model of holiness” for today’s generation.

In the canonization ceremony, the Pope pronounced the official liturgical formula of sainthood. It gives me chills to hear it. “We declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint and we enroll her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole church,” the Pope said at the beginning of Mass, prompting thunderous applause from the large congregation.

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From Breitbart:

Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta a Saint on Sunday morning, stressing her commitment to the poorest of the poor, especially unborn children threatened by abortion.

“Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy,” the Pope said in his homily before the more than 100,000 people overflowing Saint Peter’s Square, “making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded.”

“She was committed to defending life, ceaselessly proclaiming that ‘the unborn are the weakest, the smallest, the most vulnerable,’” Francis added.

On the front of Saint Peter’s Basilica hangs a huge tapestry of Mother Teresa. Her face is one of the most recognizable in the world. The entire globe mourned when she passed. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 with 12 followers in Calcutta, India. At one time it was the fastest growing order in the Catholic Church. The Missionaries now runs hospices, homeless shelters, institutes for the care of AIDS victims and a variety of other services for the poorest of the poor. They are in 139 countries.

Mother Teresa believed abortion to be the greatest social injustice in the world. She deemed it as pure evil. The world’s number one social evil. For that, the left hated and despised her. Good people across the globe blessed her name for it.

“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like,” Teresa once said, “but I do know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, how many good things have you done in your life? Rather he will ask, how much love did you put into what you did?”

Considered by many a saint already in her lifetime, Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003, just five years after her death. Today is a wonderful celebration of her life, good deeds and her blessings on the unborn, the poor and the downtrodden.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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