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Call to Mercy, A

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Unpublished material by a humble yet remarkable woman of faith whose influence is felt as deeply today as it was when she was alive.

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For millions of people from all walks of life, Mother Teresa’s canonization is providentially taking place during Pope Francis’s Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This is entirely fitting since she is seen both inside and outside of the Church as an icon of God’s mercy to those in need.

Compiled and edited by Brian Kolodiejckuk, M.C., the postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause for sainthood, A Call to Mercy presents deep yet accessible wisdom on how we can show compassion in our everyday lives. In her own words, Mother Teresa discusses such topics as:

  •  the need for us to visit the sick and the imprisoned 
  •  the importance of honoring the dead and informing the ignorant 
  •  the necessity to bear our burdens patiently and forgive willingly 
  •  the purpose to feed the poor and pray for all 
  •  the greatness of creating a “civilization of love” through personal service to others

Featuring never before published testimonials by people close to Mother Teresa as well as prayers and suggestions for putting these ideas into practice, A Call to Mercy is not only a lovely keepsake, but a living testament to the teachings of a saint whose ideas are important, relevant and very necessary in the 21st century.

"This collection of previously unpublished writings by the late Mother Teresa (1910–1997) offers welcome spiritual nourishment from the Nobel Peace Prize winner and beloved contemporary saint-to-be. Chapters cover 14 corporal and spiritual works of mercy performed by Mother Teresa and her order, the Missionaries of Charity. Excerpts from Mother Teresa's letters, speeches, and interviews provide insight into her extraordinary compassion and simple wisdom.

In simple language, anonymous testimonials from witnesses and recipients of her generosity and love over the decades convey examples of her seemingly limitless compassion for abandoned children, homeless men and women, prisoners, refugees, and all people impoverished in body and spirit."     ~Publishers Weekly

"Mother Teresa will be formally canonized on Sept. 4 by Pope Francis in Rome. Widely known as 'the Saint of Calcutta,' she founded religious orders of women and men that serve the poor in more than 130 countries. Even for a woman who is an icon of modern saintliness, the Roman Catholic Church requires that someone must gather evidence of miracles and present a case that she is worthy to be admitted to the pantheon of saints.

That someone is the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, a Canadian priest and member of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, a religious order founded by Mother Teresa. Soon after she died in 1997 at age 87, he was made the postulator — the main promoter of her case for sainthood. Father Brian, who divides his time between Rome and a Missionaries of Charity house in Tijuana, Mexico, is also the editor of a new book, A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve, drawn from Mother Teresa’s teachings and testimony about her life. He was interviewed in August before leaving for Rome to prepare for the canonization ceremonies.

There are usually two miracles required to establish sainthood — one for beatification and another for canonization. How do you go about finding the two miracles?

It’s more like waiting and hoping for people to report something. The first one, the miracle for the beatification, was Monica Besra in Bengal, in India. Monica had a tumefaction, like a tumor, in her abdomen, and it was 16 or 17 centimeters — roughly the size of a woman six months pregnant. Her family had tried different things, and nothing was working. They took her to the sisters, who took her to the doctor, who sent her home on the 31st of August of 1998. Pretty much, she was dying. On Sept. 5, the first anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death, the sister superior took a medal of Mary that had been touched directly to the body of Mother Teresa at the time of the funeral, placed it on Monica’s stomach and made a very simple prayer: 'Mother, today’s your day. You love the poor. Do something for Monica.' That was about 5 p.m. on Saturday. At 1 a.m. when Monica got up in the middle of the night to go to the washroom, she discovered that her stomach was flat. Sunday morning, the sisters saw her up and sweeping with a broom, and they said, whoa, what is up with Monica?

The second miracle finally happened in Brazil, and this time it was a man, Marcilio. He had a bacterial infection in the brain which had caused multiple abscesses … and he developed hydrocephaly. His wife started praying a novena, nine days of prayer, to Mother Teresa, and she asked her family members to do the same. On Dec. 9, at 2 in the morning, Marcilio had excruciating pain in the head, and went into a coma. He was just near death. The doctor finally gets him in the operating room, hoping to drain the water, but couldn’t do it the way he had planned, so he left the operating room at about 6:10 p.m. to find a doctor who could do it another way. When he returned to the operating room — unsuccessful in his attempt — he discovers that Marcilio is awake, in no pain, and he says, 'What am I doing here?' Two brain scans were taken, one on Dec. 9 and one on Dec. 13, and all the different surgeons look at the two scans, and they say you can’t go from here to there. The doctor even told Marcilio’s brother that he had 30 patients with hydrocephaly like this and 29 died. Only Marcilio survived."     ~The New York Times (August, 2016)

"Love is for today; programs are for the future. We are for today; when tomorrow will come we shall see what we can do. Somebody is thirsty for water for today, hungry for food for today. Tomorrow we will not have them if we don’t feed them today. So be concerned with what you can do today.

I never get mixed up in what governments should or should not do. Instead of spending time [on] those questions I say, 'let me do [something] now.' Tomorrow may never come—­our people may be dead by tomorrow. So today they need a slice of bread and a cup of tea; I give it to them today. Somebody was finding fault with the work and said, 'Why do you always give them the fish to eat? Why don’t you give them the rod to catch the fish?' So I said, 'Our people, they cannot even stand properly on account of hunger and disease, still less, would they be able to hold a rod to catch the fish. But I will keep on giving them the fish to eat and when they are strong enough and they can stand on their feet, I will hand them over to you and you give them the rod to catch the fish.' And I think this is the sharing. This is where we need each other. It’s where what we can do, you may not be able to do. But what you can do, we cannot do. But if we put these two works together, there can be something beautiful for God.

The other day again, a group of Hindu schoolchildren came from very far. All the first and second prize-­winners went and asked the headmistress to give the money instead of the prizes. So she put all the money in an envelope and gave it to them. Then they all asked: 'Now take us to Mother Teresa: we want to give the money to her poor people.' Now see how wonderful it was that they did not use that money for themselves. Because we have created this awareness, the whole world wants to share with the poor. Whenever I accept money or an award or anything, I always take it in the name of the poor, whom they recognize in me. I think I am right, because after all what am I? I am nothing. It is the poor whom they recognize in me that they want to give to, because they see what we do. Today people in the world want to see."

Mother Teresa (1910–1997) was born in Skopje (present-day Macedonia) and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin in 1928. She left the Loreto order in 1948 to begin the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. Her service to the poorest of the poor became her life’s work. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, beatified in 2003, and canonized (recognized by the church as a saint) on 4 September 2016.

Editor of Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, PhD, was associated with Mother Teresa for twenty years and is now director of the Mother Teresa Center, which has offices in California, Mexico, India, and Italy.

Editor Kolodiejchuk, M.C., Brian
Author Teresa, Mother
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 384 pp.
Publisher Image Books 2018
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