Thursday, November 24, 2016

Vatican 2016 - Canonization of Mother Teresa

ISSUE DATE: 2 September 2016
STAMP SIZE: 30.5 x 41 mm
 STAMP DESIGN: Patrizio Daniele

During the Holy Year of Mercy we will celebrate the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Saint of the Poor whom Pope John Paul II wanted to beatify immediately in recognition of her virtues. Frail but equally determined in her vocation, Mother Teresa loved God and the Church with great strength, simplicity and extraordinary humility, glorifying with her life the dignity of a most humble service.

She was born in Skopje in Macedonia on August 26th 1910. At the age of 18, right after taking her religious vows, she felt called to serve the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. In 1950 she founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity, wearing a white, blue-bordered sari which from then onwards she would come to be universally recognized. She was a humble messenger of the Gospel and of Christ’s love, known as "a small pencil in the hands of the Lord", doing her work quietly and always with great love. She assisted the poor, the sick, and the abandoned with tireless dedication, offering smiles and simple gestures, finding strength to persevere with her vocation through prayer and trust in God. She often said: "What the poor need most is to feel needed, to feel loved. There are remedies and treatments for all kinds of illnesses, but when someone is undesirable, if there are no serving hands and loving hearts, then there is no hope for a true cure." Her fragile body was worn down from illness in her later years. She died on September 5th 1997. Her message of love continues to inspire thousands of missionary sisters around the world.