Little Holy Days {Blessed Teresa of Calcutta}

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Tomorrow is the anniversary of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s death. It’s currently acknowledged to be her feast day, so we will be remembering it.

Some quick facts

  • Born on August 26, 1910 in Albania
  • In September 1928 she joined the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as Sisters of Loreto in Ireland
  • She received the name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Therese of Liseux
  • She arrived in Calcutta in January 1929
  • In 1931 she was assigned to the Loreto Entally Community and taught at the St. Mary’s school for girls.
  • She made her final profession of vows in 1937 and from then on was known as Mother Teresa.
  • In 1946 she received her inspiration from Jesus to establish the Missionaries of Charity.
  • She died September 5, 1997
  • For more bio info see the mention on Catholic Culture

Food Ideas

  • I’m planning on using the Crock Pot Pineapple Curry Chicken Recipe from Catholic Cuisine
  • And attempting to make Naan (which I LOVE, but haven’t ever tried to make because it sounded too scary, but this recipe didn’t look too bad… we’ll see)

To Do/Read:

A Prayer of Mother Teresa

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole Return to being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.

There are so many quotes that I could put into this post, but I wanted to share this one which appeared in our parish bulletin a few weeks back which I cut out and put above my sink, because it really speaks to things that I’ve been thinking about/trying to improve recently:

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
FORGIVE THEM ANYWAY.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
BE KIND ANYWAY.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
SUCCEED ANYWAY.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
BUILD ANYWAY.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
BE HAPPY ANYWAY.
The good you do today people will often forget tomorrow;
DO GOOD ANYWAY.
Give the world the best you have. It may never be enough;
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU”VE GOT ANYWAY.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and GOD;
IT WAS NEVER BETWEEN YOU AND THEM ANYWAY.
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Little Holy Days {Feast of St. Gregory the Great}

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Tomorrow is the feast of St. Gregory the Great.

Some quick facts about him:

  • Born in Rome in 540
  • Before becoming a Benedictine monk he was a senator and prefect
  • Elected Pope at age 50
  • When he saw English children being sold as slaves in Rome he sent 40 monks to convert England
  • He kept close watch over the holiness of the clergy and maintained Church discipline
  • He did much work to develop the Church’s music
  • Gregorian Chant is named for him
  • He died in 609 and his body lies in St. Peter’s in Rome
  • He is the patron of: choir boys; educators; gout; masons; music; musicians; choirs; singers; stonecutters; teachers; popes; students; scholars; against plague; against gout; against fever; England; West Indies

To Do:

  • Coloring page with the kids
  • Listen to some Gregorian Chant (note, I haven’t, as of the writing of this post, listened to any of the recordings on this site. I found the link through Catholic Culture.) I did find a few CDs of Gregorian Chants at my parents house which I’ve borrowed indefinitely, and I’ll be playing those tomorrow.
  • Since he is the patron of masons, and that happens to be something that Jared does for work, I’m going to see if we can do a very simple project tomorrow. (That will all depend on if Jared feels better, as I have no skill whatsoever in masonry)

Collect

O God, who care for your people with gentleness and rule them in love, through the intercession of Pope Saint Gregory, endow, we pray, with a spirit of wisdom those to whom you have given authority to govern, that the flourishing of a holy flock may become the eternal joy of the shepherds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.