Most of the entry I wrote on Mother Teresa (September 5 memorial) for The Loyola Kids’ Book of Heroes is on the Loyola site, here.
When we think about the difference that love can make, many people very often think of one
person: Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. A tiny woman, just under five feet tall, with no tools except prayer, love, and the unique qualities God had given her, Mother Teresa is probably the most powerful symbol of the virtue of charity for people today.
Mother Teresa wasn’t, of course, born with that name. Her parents named her Agnes—or Gonxha in her own language—when she was born to them in Albania, a country north of Greece.
Agnes was one of four children. Her childhood was a busy, ordinary one. Although Agnes was very interested in missionary work around the world, as a child she didn’t really think about becoming a nun; but when she turned 18, she felt that God was beginning to tug at her heart, to call her, asking her to follow him.
Now Agnes, like all of us, had a choice. She could have ignored the tug on her heart. She could have filled her life up with other things so maybe she wouldn’t hear God’s call. But of course, she didn’t do that. She listened and followed, joining a religious order called the Sisters of Loreto, who were based in Dublin, Ireland.
- Introduction: Jesus is Born
- John the Baptist: A Hero Prepares the Way
- Early Christian Martyrs: Heroes are Faithful Friends
- Medieval Mystery Plays: Heroes Make the Bible Come to Life
- St. Albert the Great: Heroes Study God’s Creation
- Sister Blandina Segale: Heroes Work in Faith
- Introduction: Jesus Teaches
- Pentecost: Heroes on Fire with Hope
- Paul: A Hero Changes and Finds Hope
- St. Patrick and St. Columba: Heroes Bring Hope into Darkness
- St. Jane de Chantal: Heroes Hope through Loss
- St. Mary Faustina Kowalska: A Hero Finds Hope in Mercy
- Introduction: Jesus Works Miracles
- Peter and John: Heroes are Known by their Love
- St. Genevieve: A City is Saved by a Hero’s Charity
- St. Meinrad and St. Edmund Campion: Heroes love their Enemies
- Venerable Pierre Toussaint: A Hero Lives a Life of Charity
- Rose Hawthorne Lathrop: A Hero Cares for Those Who Need it Most
- Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: A Hero Lives Charity with the Dying
- Introduction: Jesus Strikes a Balance
- Peter and Cornelius: Heroes Love Their Neighbors
- Charlemagne and Alcuin: Heroes Use their Talents for Good
- St. Francis: A Hero Appreciates Creation
- Venerable Matt Talbot: Heroes Can Let Go
- Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: A Hero Enjoys the Gift of Life
- Introduction: Jesus Gives Us Leaders to Help us Make Good Choices
- Paul and Barnabas at Lystra: Heroes See the Good in All Things
- St. Jean de Brebeuf: A Hero Respects Others
- Catherine Doherty and Jean Vanier: Heroes Bring New Ideas
- Venerable Solanus Casey: A Hero Accepts His Life
- Blessed John XXIII: A Hero Finds a New Way