Sunday Reflection 7/2/17

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In addition to promoting literacy, Teresa taught the children basic hygiene. She visited their families, inquiring about their needs and helping provide for them when she could.

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Word began to spread about Mother Teresa’s good works, and soon she had other volunteers wanting to help. By 1950 she was able to start the Mission of Charity – a congregation dedicated to caring for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.”

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She went on to open a hospice for the poor, a home for sufferers of leprosy, and a home for orphans and homeless youths.

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A symbol of varied meanings, the single white rose has long signified the purity between lovers who exchange the flower or the purity and innocence of the soul or person receiving it. Contrary to the passion associated with a single red rose, a single white rose acknowledges everlasting love, honor and respect, especially when given to a person of authority or esteem or when used as part of a celebration or event.

Their pure color conveys respect, pays homage to new starts and expresses hope for the future. Historically, the white rose symbolized innocence and purity.

 

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How perfect for this white rose to be a symbol for Mother Teresa.

She was respected by so many, and always had so much hope for our future.

AND……. for the innocence of the little children she took care of.

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I hope you have enjoyed these weeks ~ sharing with you about Mother Teresa.

Next week will be our last post for Mother Teresa ~

Until next time.

Enjoy your long weekend.

Much love,

Rose

 

 

Sunday Reflection 6/18/17

MOTHER TERESA CHILDREN

In 1948 Sister Teresa set aside her nun’s habit – adopting instead the simple sari and sandals worn by the women she would be living among – and moved to a small rented hovel in the slums to begin her work.

Teresa’s first year in the slums was particularly hard. She was used to a life of comparative comfort, and now she had no income and no way to obtain food and supplies other than begging. She was often tempted to return to convent life, and had to rely on her determination and faith to get herself through it.

One of her first projects was to teach the children of the poor – drawing on her experience with teaching the children of the rich. She didn’t have any equipment or supplies this time, but she taught them to read and write by writing in the dirt with sticks.

 

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Mother Teresa quickly translated this somewhat vague calling into concrete actions to help the city’s poor. She began an open-air school and established a home for the dying destitute in a dilapidated building she convinced the city government to donate to her cause. In October 1950, she won canonical recognition for a new congregation, the Missionaries of Charity, which she founded with only a handful of members—most of them former teachers or pupils from St. Mary’s School.

As the ranks of her congregation swelled and donations poured in from around India and across the globe, the scope of Mother Teresa’s charitable activities expanded exponentially. Over the course of the 1950s and 1960s, she established a leper colony, an orphanage, a nursing home, a family clinic and a string of mobile health clinics.

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I love these pictures of Mother Teresa with the little ones.  You can see how much she loved the little children.

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Such joy when she was holding the babies.

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See how she listens to the children.

All in all she is a beautiful human being.’

Until next week, I send you lots of love.

Have a peaceful week.

Much love,

Rose

Sunday Reflection 6/4/17

Good Morning Friends ~

I have been out of the loop for a few week, but I’m back on track with our dear Mother Teresa.

These are a few facts about her early life as she begins her mission becoming the saint she is today, who is loved by so many.

On May 14, 1937, Teresa took her final vows, promising to serve God for the rest of her life. Teresa eventually became the principal of Loreto.

Mother Teresa’s ‘Call Within a Call’

On September 10, 1946, Mother Teresa experienced a second calling, the “call within a call” that would forever transform her life. She was riding in a train from Calcutta to the Himalayan foothills for a retreat when she said Christ spoke to her and told her to abandon teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta aiding the city’s poorest and sickest people. 

But since Mother Teresa had taken a vow of obedience, she could not leave her convent without official permission. After nearly a year and a half of lobbying, in January 1948 she finally received approval to pursue this new calling. That August, donning the blue-and-white sari that she would wear in public for the rest of her life, she left the Loreto convent and wandered out into the city. After six months of basic medical training, she voyaged for the first time into Calcutta’s slums with no more specific a goal than to aid “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.”

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 It was hard for Sister Teresa to know where to start helping in such a large city as Calcutta. She began by helping the Little Sisters of the Poor work with elderly people. On December 21, 1948, Sister Teresa finally set out on the streets of Calcutta to start her mission from God. She walked out into the city with a packed lunch, but nothing else. She had no money, materials, or companions. The first place Sister Teresa decided to go was the slum that she could see from outside her window while teaching in the Loreto.

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As I will always say ~ What a beautiful soul ~

I am so reminded while I read these facts how important it is to love one another.

Family is so important.  

 

Until next time.

Much love,

Rose

 

Sunday Reflection 5/14/17

Good Morning Dear Friends ~

Although Mother Teresa lived to be 87, she never saw her mother or sister again after the day she left for Ireland.

Mother Teresa’s Family – Her mom & sister to the right

Her dad & Mother Teresa to the left.

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After a year learning English in Ireland, Agnes transferred to the Sisters of Loreto convent in Darjeeling, India

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Convent where Mother Teresa was head of the Missionaries.

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Mother Teresa at age 18

Some Family History 

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Have an amazing day & Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms.

Much love,

Rose

Sunday Reflection 5/7/17

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Dear Friends ~

Today we talk about Mother Teresa from age 12 thru age 18

Remember we learned last week that Mother Teresa was born with the name Agnes.

Agnes was fascinated with missionaries from an early age, and by 12 she knew that she would commit herself to a religious vocation.

When she was 18, Agnes left home and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Rathfarnham, Ireland.

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Agnes attended a convent-run primary school and then a state-run secondary school. As a girl, she sang in the local Sacred Heart choir and was often asked to sing solos. The congregation made an annual pilgrimage to the Church of the Black Madonna in Letnice, and it was on one such trip at the age of 12 that she first felt a calling to a religious life.

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As Agnes turned 18, she found her true calling as a nun and left home for good to enrol herself at the Institute of the Blessed Mary Virgin, also called Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland. It was there that she first received the name Sister Mary Teresa after St Therese of Lisieux. After a year of training, Sister Mary Teresa came to India in 1929 and initiated her novitiate in Darjeeling, West Bengal, as a teacher at St Teresa’s School. She learned the local language of the state, Bengali. Sister Teresa took her first religious vows in May 1931. Thereafter, she was assigned duty at the Loreto Entally community of Calcutta and taught at St Mary’s School.

Picture of ~ St Therese of Lisieux ~

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Back to Mother Teresa ~

One of Mother Teresa’s first assignments was to teach, and eventually to serve as principal, in a girls’ high school in Calcutta. Although the school was close to the slums (terribly poor sections), the students were mainly wealthy. In 1946 Mother Teresa experienced what she called a second vocation or “call within a call.” She felt an inner urging to leave the convent life (life of a nun) and work directly with the poor. In 1948 the Vatican (residence of the pope in Vatican City, Italy) gave her permission to leave the Sisters of Loretto and to start a new work under the guidance of the Archbishop of Calcutta.

To prepare to work with the poor, Mother Teresa took an intensive medical training with the American Medical Missionary Sisters in Patna, India. Her first venture in Calcutta was to gather unschooled children from the slums and start to teach them. She quickly attracted both financial support and volunteers. In 1950 her group, now called the Missionaries of Charity, received official status as a religious community within the Archdiocese of Calcutta. Members took the traditional vows of poverty, chastity (purity), and obedience, but they added a fourth vow—to give free service to the most poor.

 

So much to learn about this beautiful woman.  Such a special woman to give her life to the poor and underprivileged.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
Much love,
Rose

Sunday Reflection 4/30/17

Good Morning Friend ~

I will be sharing 20 facts about Mother Teresa over the next 20 weeks.

We start with her family picture as a young girl.

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Mother Teresa is a household name for her good works, but many people don’t know much about her beyond “nun who helped the poor.” Here are 20 facts about Mother Teresa.

1. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born Aug. 26, 1910, in Macedonia to a financially comfortable Albanian family (they owned two houses, one of which they lived in). Her father died when she was 8, ending her family’s financial security.

 

  • Born to Nikolle and Dranafile Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Mother Teresa was the youngest child of the Albanian couple. She was born on August 26, 1919 and was baptized the following day as Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, a date she considered her ‘true birthday’. She received her First Communion when she was five and a half.

  • Raised in a devoutly Catholic family, her father was an entrepreneur by profession. Her mother had a spiritual and religious bent of mind and was active participant in the local church activities.

  • Sudden and tragic death of her father when she was eight years old left young Agnes disheartened. Despite facing financial crisis, Dranafile did not compromise on the upbringing of her children and raised them with utmost love, care and affection. Over the years, young Agnes grew extremely close to her mother.

  • It was Dranafile’s firm belief and religious attitude that greatly influenced Agnes character and future vocation. A pious and compassionate woman, she instilled in Agnes a deep commitment to charity, which was further affirmed by her involvement in the Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart.

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As I begin my research on Mother Teresa I have such feelings of peace.

I have had this peace since I started my Sunday Reflections.

I hope you follow along with me as we learn much more about this beautiful woman.

God Bless you today & every day.

Enjoy your Sunday!!

Much love,

Rose

 

Sunday Reflection 4/23/17

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Good Morning Dear Friend ~

I was looking through some of my blogger friends emails today, and came across this post.

This came from a very sweet spiritual woman’s blog ~

I thought, such powerful words to live by ~

ENJOY

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I will share with you just a few ways we can help each other ~

  1. Spouses need encouragement.  Leave “Post-it” notes with words of gratitude and love thoughts in special places.
  2. Pray for someone when they share a hurt or burden.  Right then.  People are more blessed when you pray with them immediately, rather than saying I’ll be praying for you.
  3. Who do you love?  Tell your friend or family member you do.  We all need to hear that we are loved.

Please be sure to see the other 49 ways to encourage others.  They are so worth reading.

http://anextraordinaryday.net/52-practical-and-thoughtful-ways-to-encourage-others/

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Much love,

Rose

Sunday Reflection

Good Morning Friends ~

Wishing you a very Happy Easter.  Hope your day is filled with lots of blessings.

Today we are talking about the last Beatitude ~

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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As in the time of Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 2:23) and the early Christian Church (Acts 24:5), a Christian in the Middle East today is still called a Nazarene or in Arabic Nasrani or plural Nasara. Middle Eastern Christians have suffered severe persecution since the crises in Iraq and Syria. At least 58 Christians were slaughtered during Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Eastern Catholic Church in Baghdad on October 31, 2010. In July 2014 the terrorist Islamic State marked remaining Christian homes in Mosul with the Arabic letter Noon – for Nazarene, Nasrani, or Nasara – and advised residents that they have 24 hours to leave, convert to Islam, or die. Sixty thousand Christians in Mosul have been displaced from their homes, and over one million Christians have fled Iraq since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003. It is estimated that the present turmoil in Syria has resulted in over 700,000 Christian refugees escaping to Jordan, Lebanon, and other Middle Eastern countries. But the Lord promised those that suffer for his sake will be rewarded with the Kingdom of Heaven!  

How appropriate to have this Beatitude be our last to discuss – on Easter Sunday.

Jesus suffered for all of us so we could be with Him one day in heaven.

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I am truly grateful to Him for all the suffering He has done for all of us.

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There is Hope for this world ~ just keep believing and praying that our world will one day be one.

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Such good words to live by.

We will be learning all about this sweet wonderful woman in our next

Sunday Reflection.

Enjoy your day with each other and never take life for granted.

Happy Easter.

Much Love,

Rose

Sunday Reflection 4/9/17

Good Morning my dear Friend ~

We only have two Beatitudes left to talk about.

Today is the 7th Beatitude which is ~

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Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Jesus gives us peace – “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you” (John 14:27). Peace is also a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Peacemakers not only live peaceful lives but also try to bring peace and friendship to others, and to preserve peace between God and man. But one cannot give another what one does not possess oneself. Praying for peace will help change your heart. The Lord wants you first to be filled with the blessings of peace and then to pass it on to those who have need of it. By imitating God’s love of man, the peacemakers become children of God.

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I truly think this is true ~

When we read the Beatitudes we learn so many beautiful meanings of life.

In the 7th beatitude it is all about the peacemaker, here is one example:

 Nothing disqualifies us in being peacemakers more than talking about people rather than talking to them. The old Spanish proverb is correct: “Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you.” A peacemaker never says anything about another person that she or he has not first said to that person directly. After that, why tell anyone else?

I can find myself doing this from time to time, but I do try hard not to say bad things about another person, because when you do – you always feel awful that you did.  I think this is God’s way of telling us to be the peacemaker – it is in all of us you know.

AND now to one of the BIGGEST  peacemakers of all time ~

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How true ~

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Another BIG truth ~

Enjoy your day friend and remember be the peacemaker.

Much love,

Rose

Sunday Reflection 3/26/17

Good Morning Friends ~

We will be learning about the 6th Beatitude today

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Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Moses (Exodus 33:20), John 1:18, and Paul (I Timothy 6:16) all say that no one can see God here on earth! But Jesus says the pure of heart shall see God! To be pure of heart means to be free of all selfish intentions and self-seeking desires. What a beautiful goal! How many times have any of us performed an act perfectly free of any personal gain? Such an act is pure love. An act of pure and selfless giving brings happiness to all.

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What is total commitment ~

Commitment means to Love God with our Whole Being

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Which brings me to Mother Teresa

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This is what I love about Mother Teresa ~ to be faithful in the small things because this is where your strength lies.

So simple and true.

If we take each step of our lives this way it truly becomes easier to love one another.

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Beautiful Saint.

Have a wonderful & peaceful Sunday.

Until next time.

Much love,

Rose