Friday, July 16, 2010

Relics of Mother Teresa

RELICS OF Mother Teresa were exposed for the veneration of the faithful, yesterday at Saints Teresa and Bridget Church in Saint Louis.

Born in Albania as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa gained sanctity and worldwide fame as the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, taking care of the “poorest of the poor” in the most poverty-stricken cities in the world.

Now she is venerated as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Saints Teresa and Bridget Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Relics of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - Reliquaries

Reliquaries containing Teresa's blood and hair were placed on the altar.

Saints Teresa and Bridget Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Relics of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - Sandals

Her sandals.

I must apologize for the poor quality of these photos. I did not want to disturb the other faithful, and so I just took quick snapshots.

Saints Teresa and Bridget Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Relics of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - Crucifix and Rosary

Her Crucifix and Rosary.

Saints Teresa and Bridget Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Relics of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - Faithful waiting to venerate the relics

The faithful line up for veneration.

Saints Teresa and Bridget Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Relics of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - Sisters in pews

Some of Teresa's Sisters sit in a pew.

Missionaries of Charity Convent, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The Sisters' convent is located near the church.

“It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.” — Mother Teresa

5 comments:

  1. Is it true, Mark, that she did not offer the Faith to her dying?

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  2. No idea if she did or not. Most of her patients were not Christians.

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  3. Isn't that to whom we are to offer the Faith?

    I've been thinking of this a little bit. I have been volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center run entirely by Catholics, they have an adoration chapel and daily mass. And I little by little became aware that no one there was offering the faith to any of the women who came to get help. They could get diapers and baby clothes and car seats and so forth, but not any presentation at all of Catholicism. The big Christmas party (one of my biggest contributions, since I speak Spanish and could take the reservations for the Spanish-speaking women)was --to my huge surprise--only Santa Claus.

    Now these are women in a world of trouble, having children with multiple partners, and the children are not growing up with any religion, and often the situation is violent. And we offer all forms of secular counseling and help--everything but the one thing any woman in those circumstances needs: Christ.

    So I don't volunteer or contribute there anymore, and my friend and I made up a post-abortion pamphlet for women leaving the abortion clinic after their 'procedures' that offers the Faith, and describes how better life is with the sacraments. I have it at my blog, under 'Pages,' for other sidewalk counselors to use.

    It is the new thing now to not offer the Faith, since 'all roads lead to Christ' even if they deny Christ. We all 'subsist' in something larger. That's the cover story, isn't it?

    You made a comment two years ago on a defunct distributist blog, is how I found your site. It's quite nice!

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  4. Mr. Abeln, thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. I went around touring with the sisters at different cities/states to show the relics, and I am making a collage of all the places that we went to and will give it to them. There are places that we did not have any pictures at all. Is it possible for me to use some of your pictures? Thanks and God bless.

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  5. Teresa, You can use these pictures, although they aren't so good.

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