Pope Francis invites you to imitate the smile of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Pope Francis invited people to imitate Mother Teresa’s smile to donate it “to everyone we meet on our way, especially those who suffer”.

This was suggested by the Pope this September 5, the day on which the Church remembers the Liturgical Memory of Saint Teresa of Calcutta every year.

Through a message sent by his official Twitter account @Pontifex_Es, Pope Francis recalled Mother Teresa’s phrase “perhaps I don’t speak your language, but I can smile” so he urged everyone to imitate her joy.

“Let us carry his smile in our hearts and let us give it to everyone we meet along the way, especially those who suffer. In this way we will open horizons of joy and hope,” the Pope wrote.

The Church celebrates every September 5 the feast of Saint Teresa of Calcutta because she died on September 5, 1997 in Calcutta (India) at the age of 87.

She was beatified by Saint John Paul II on October 19, 2003 and canonized by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016 in Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican.

Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, then part of Albania and today Macedonian territory.

Her name was Gonxha Agnes Bojaxhiu, but she adopted Teresa when she entered the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

She was baptized a day after birth, received First Communion at age 5, and Confirmation a year later.

She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Loreto in 1928; the following year she arrived in India, and took her first vows in 1937.

He remained 20 years in that congregation, until God would show him other ways. Thus, on October 7, 1950, he founded the Missionaries of Charity, a congregation with the charism: “giving oneself to the poorest of the poor.”

In 1963 he founded the male branch of the congregation, Missionary Brothers of Charity; in 1973 to the Contemplative Sisters, in 1979 to the Contemplative Brothers. In 1984 she founded the Missionaries of Charity Fathers and the Corpus Christi movement for priests.

In 1979, Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work bringing people together. She, a Catholic in a country with a Hindu and Muslim majority like India, had managed to unite everyone in a common cause: to defend the human being.

During the last years of her life, despite increasingly serious health problems, Mother Teresa continued to direct her Institute and respond to the needs of the poor and of the Church.

In 1997 the Sisters of Mother Teresa had nearly 4,000 members and had established 610 foundations in 123 countries around the world.

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