Mother Teresa: “Do It Anyway” & “Life”

This poem found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta


Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.



Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is costly, care for it.
Life is wealth, keep it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
Life is mystery, know it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.






#ShortNews: Cardinal Parolin: Mother Teresa ‘a clear mirror of the love of God’

Celebrating the Thanksgiving Mass after the canonization of Mother Teresa, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, said that the new saint is “a clear mirror of the love of God and an admirable example of service to our neighbor, especially to the poorest, most derelict, and most abandoned of people.”

Quoting from the address that Mother Teresa delivered as she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for 1979, the cardinals said: “It is very important to realize that love, to be true, has to hurt. It hurt Jesus to love us, it hurt him.”

Cardinal Parolin reminded the congregation that in speaking of the “poorest of the poor,” Mother Teresa had said that unborn children are the neediest of all people.

#ShortNews: Over 100,000 expected for canonization of Mother Teresa

More than 100,000 people are expected to gather in St. Peter’s Square for the canonization of Mother Teresa on Sunday.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told reporters at a September 2 press conference that all of the 100,000 tickets allotted for the ceremony have been distributed. However, he said, officials fully expect that thousands of people without tickets will crowd the streets around St. Peter’s Square for the ceremony.

At the press conference, the man who was healed by the miracle that qualified Mother Teresa for canonization told reporters that does not consider himself special. “Maybe it was me this time, but maybe tomorrow it will be someone else,” said Marcillio Haddad Andrino, who was inexplicably healed of a deadly brain infection. “The merciful Lord looks at us all without distinction.”

#ShortNews: Canonization of Mother Teresa to be set March 15

Pope Francis will sign a decree authorizing the canonization of Mother Teresa on March 15.

At an ordinary consistory (a meeting of the cardinals present in Rome) on that date, the Pope will approve decrees for the canonization of Mother Teresa and of José Luis Sanchez del Rio, Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary (Jan Papczynski), José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad.

The date for the canonization of Mother Teresa has not been announced, but Vatican-watchers speculate that the ceremony could take place on September 4, the 9th anniversary of her death.

#ShortNews: Mother Teresa to be canonized, Vatican confirms

The Vatican has confirmed a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, clearing the way for her canonization.

On December 17, Pope Francis approved a series of decrees from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, including a decree attesting to the authenticity of the miracle: the spontaneous healing of a Brazilian engineer, just prior to scheduled surgery for a severe brain infection.

“I am overjoyed,” said Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta, responding to the news from Rome. “This Christmas is very special.” On December 18 the archbishop celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at the mother house of the Missionaries of Charity, the order that Mother Teresa founded.

The date for the canonization of Mother Teresa has not yet been announced. But there is heavy speculation that the ceremony will take place next September 4th or 5th, marking the anniversary of her death in 1997.

In other decrees made public on December 18, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attested to the “heroic virtue” of three candidates, who will now be eligible for beatification if a miracle is attributed to their intercession. They are:

  • Giuseppe Ambrosoli (1923- 1987), an Italian missionary priest;
  • Adolfo (Leonardo) Lanzuela Martinez (1894- 1976) Ambrosoli (1923- 1987), a Spanish religious brother; and
  • Heinrich Hahn (1800- 1882), an Italian layman.