Living Our Faith

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Ferguson parish proud of namesake's canonization

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata step aside; St. Teresa of Kolkata is in the house.

Often known as simply Mother Teresa, she'll be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday, Sept. 4, with the canonization Mass and ceremonies in Vatican Square.

Whatever title used to describe her — Mother, Blessed or Saint — the folks at her namesake parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are stoked that she'll be joining the litany of saints.

"People are very proud of that, very proud," said Father Robert Rosebrough, pastor at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish.

‘Do small things with great love’ | Mother Teresa, who served the ‘poorest of the poor’ in Kolkata, will be canonized Sept. 4

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata cares for a sick man in an undated photo.

KOLKATA, India

A favorite motto of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata was: "Do small things with great love."

But the "small things" she did so captivated the world that she was showered with honorary degrees and other awards, almost universally praised by the media and sought out by popes, presidents, philanthropists and other figures of wealth and influence.

Marked by love

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COCHABAMBA, Bolivia -

They're the children of children who've been living on the streets. Babies born to drug-addicted mothers. Youngsters who've seen horrible things or been abused.

Here, they find love.

It's a 2-year-old lovingly embraced by a staff member. A baby fed by a woman religious. A 3-year-old encouraged and given structure from his classroom teacher. A child with prosthetic leg helped by a physical therapist.

Mission to Bolivia, land of peace

The St. Louis missionaries to the poorest country in South America bring the Catholic faith to people there, showing them God's mercy and love. Their parish work is seen daily - often from sunrise to much beyond sunset. But it also reflects in the people of the parish, from children to older adults, who are empowered and inspired to serve others or to take up the cross of Christ.

'Doing God's work'

As Carlotta Williams sat relaxing on the porch steps at a neighbor's home, she didn't think much about the white Toyota Camry parking in front of the house next door, on Maple Avenue in north St. Louis.

Then, the car doors popped open and the occupants emerged, catching Williams' attention. The three sisters from The Society of Our Mother of Peace wore blue habits — dark blue veils and lighter blue ground-length dresses.

Mercy in the Holy Land

Touching down at Ben Gurion airport, anyone occupying an aisle seat wanting to catch a glimpse of the surroundings will likely wind up looking through the peo't — un-cut ringlets some Orthodox Jewish men wear on their temples in accordance with a Biblical restriction against cutting the hair there. The men softly recite ancient prayers, which mingle with the sound of seatbelts being unfastened and mobile phones being powered on a by passengers eager to disembark. There's a sense that this is a special place, a place where God is present.

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