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Mother Teresa — a daring model of holiness

MOTHERTERESAI’ve always considered this passage in “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder to be the most compelling:

EMILY: “Does anyone ever realize life while they live it…every, every minute?”

STAGE MANAGER: “No. Saints and poets maybe…they do some.

As a nice Jewish girl, I knew becoming a saint was out of the question for me. I’ve long joked that I’d have to settle on being a poet.

When Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint this week during the canonization ceremony at St. Peter’s Square, I got a closer peek at sainthood.

“May she be your model of holiness,” Pope Francis told the crowd of tens of thousands.

I’ve concluded that the heart of this “model” is courage.

Mother Teresa was willing to do the unthinkable: serve the most vulnerable in society, including those dying of leprosy.

In 1950 she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which has homes for people dying of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and yes, leprosy.

When the late nun was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, she accepted it in1979 “in the name of the hungry, of the naked, of the homeless, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society.”

Mother Teresa was an intrepid model of holiness. Pope Francis is encouraging us all – regardless of religious affiliation – to be that daring.

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