Mother Teresa of Kolkata, God’s Messenger of Mercy  

On March 13, 2015, Pope Francis announced a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Now halfway into the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata on September 4th.

Mother Teresa lived a life practicing mercy. The mission statement of the order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity, was to serve “the poorest of the poor”.  Because her entire life was dedicated to mercy, it is fitting for her to be canonized during the Year of Mercy. The universal Church will join in the celebration of her canonization and the Saint Mary Magdalen community will be part of it.

Middle school students at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School have already begun the celebration by researching and writing on the life, works, and quotes of Blessed Mother Teresa.  On September 6 we will watch a movie about her life while sharing a white cake with blue Hawaiian punch, honoring the colors of her order’s habit. I asked a student for one favorite inspiring quote from Mother Teresa, and it was: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

St. Mary Magdalen Parish is celebrating the canonization of Mother Teresa by collecting 2,016 ribbons inscribed with works of mercy that parishioners and students have either offered or experienced. For each ribbon donated, $5 will be given to the Missionaries of Charity. Our goal is to raise $10,080 for the Missionaries of Charity to help those in need. Mother Teresa was right when she said: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” St. Mary Magdalen community is proud to be part of these ripples!

Article written by Henri, an 8th grade student at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs