‘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.


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.

DEAR FATHER | Mary: A light of faith to early Christians and to us

A statue of Mary from the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

What happened to Mary after Jesus' resurrection? 

As we consider this question, I would like to examine it as we did with the life of St. Joseph: That is, limiting to details contained in the Bible and other places that are objectively verifiable. For greater detail as to how these events unfolded, I heartily encourage reading an account as recounted by one of the mystics approved by the Church.

Sainthood cause of Kansas priest who was chaplain takes a step forward

WICHITA, Kan. (CNS) -- The sainthood cause of Father Emil Kapaun, a priest of the Wichita Diocese who was a military chaplain during the Korean War an died in a prison camp, is one step closer to consideration by the pope.
Six historical consultants of the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes met in Rome recently and approved the historical documents submitted by the Diocese of Wichita on behalf of Father Kapaun's cause.

DEAR FATHER | Kneeling before statues is sign of respect for God, our saint friends in heaven

In a previous "Dear Father" column, we looked at objections to statues and other images that people have made of one of the Divine Persons, Mary or of one of the saints. This question builds on that article by asking if we have these images, is it appropriate to kneel before them in prayer? By extension, we can include bowing or even reverencing the statue (kissing the statue).

THE WAY OF JOY: Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla spreads a joy-filled message from her saint-mother’s life


The drone of children babbling and crying during Father Timothy Elliott's homily did not phase him one bit.

He knew their presence was a precious gift, all because of a special saint.

Mother Teresa to be canonized Sept. 4; pope sets other sainthood dates

A group of Missionaries of Charity stood underneath a poster of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata in Kolkata, India, in 2007. Pope Francis will declare her a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4, the conclusion of the Year of Mercy jubilee for those engaged in works of mercy.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4.

The date was announced March 15 during an "ordinary public consistory," a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.

At the same consistory, the pope set June 5 as the date for the canonizations of Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski of Poland, founder of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, and Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad of Sweden, who re-founded the Bridgettine sisters.

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