St. Teresa of Calcutta

And so the Catholic Church last Sunday recognized St. Teresa of Calcutta as a saint. It was pretty obvious even during her lifetime here on earth, but even in the church bureaucrats gotta bureaucrat. It’s always been so, in fact, that how organizations stay on track, so I’m mostly kidding here.

But she wasn’t. Working with and for the poorest of one the world’s poorest cities, she accomplished miracles, showing their plight to the rich and the powerful.

But her work for the powerless went well beyond the precincts of Calcutta. Her most powerless client was always the unborn, who she worked incessantly to save.

How remarkable it was to hear this small woman at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994

By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

The entire address can be read here. It is interesting to note that then-President Clinton and his wife, Hillary, sat stunned through the five-minute standing ovation that answered her address. You, like me, know what side of that controversy we want to be on.

And controversy it has been and continues to be. Here’s a bit from Breitbart about why the left hates her so.

So the questions again present themselves: Why so much hatred? Why so much deep-seated anger against this woman?

Sifting through the literature dedicated to smearing the legacy of Mother Teresa, one discovers that all the arguments against her really boil down to two, which the Left can never forgive: her vocal and intransigent opposition to abortion and her overtly Christian spirituality that moved her to pour herself out for her fellow man.

All the other reasons given—that she provided inferior health care, that she was occasionally irritable with coworkers, that she accepted donations from morally ambiguous characters—are really just a cover for the two that irked the Left to the point of hysteria.

And hysteria it has been.

In a noteworthy 1986 essay published by the international abortion giant Planned Parenthood, titled “Mother Teresa, the Woman of My Nightmares,” one gets a taste of the profound odium stirred up by this simple religious sister.

“This very successful old and withered person, who doesn’t look in the least like a woman, especially when she raises her clenched fists in prayer, and who, for us, is a very suspect holder of the Nobel Prize,” Planned Parenthood wrote in its official publication Sexualpedagogik, “has become for us the symbol of all that is bad in motherhood and womanhood, an image with which we do not wish to be associated.”

“You, you nightmare of women! You unliberated, enslaved wives, mothers, nuns and aunts, what do you want from us, who have finally decided that we are going to take control of our bodies, our children, and our destiny into our own hands?” it ran.

Abortion, in fact, formed the centerpiece of Mother Teresa’s definition of poverty and all that is wrong with the world. The three most public speeches of her career—her acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, her Harvard Commencement address, and her words at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.—all focused on abortion as the greatest social injustice in the world today.

via Why the Left Hates Mother Teresa of Calcutta

I have no trouble at all telling between them “Who is on the Lord’s side”. Nor do I have any trouble knowing where I should (and do) stand.



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7 Responses to St. Teresa of Calcutta

  1. Who could have realized so many years ago, that the Left/Right, liberal verses conservative issue would become so polarized? And once again the Prophet Isaiah comes to mind:”Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!” (Isa. 5: 20-21)

    Btw, beware of the new so-called “Progressive Evangelicals”, ugh! And too those who attack Traditional Catholicism! We live in a day of cafeteria type so-called Christianity!

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  2. the unit says:

    I had no idea how despised she was by the left. I’ve never seen it covered by the media ever. Guess it was something the left media didn’t need Sec. Kerry to tell them not to report on so the people won’t know.
    I’m glad she is being acknowledged now as a saint by her church. I don’t know anything about their selection criteria, but I think she had to deserve it.

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    • NEO says:

      I’ve seen a bit, but I too was surprised just how venomous their hatred is. I know a bit, but it was mostly a paperwork delay, I think. More deserved than most.


    • In reality being a “Saint” is NOT based upon what any of us “deserve”! For we could never be good enough to deserve God’s favor or merit, only ‘In Christ’! God’s sees HIS true people and saints through the “Imputation” (estimate) of Jesus Christ Himself: HE is our “Righteousness”! (1 Cor. 1: 2 / 1 John 2: 1)

      Sorry, but the whole process of the Roman Catholic Church’s idea of being a “saint” is totally flawed! I know speaking up here is not popular, but it is much more biblical! And I am NOT really anti-Catholic myself, being born and raised an Irish Roman Catholic, but I am something like Luther, hopefully better taught by the submission to the Holy Bible and Holy Scripture, lead I hope by the Holy Spirit! 🙂

      If Teresa of Calcutta is/was a Christian by God’s grace and mercy, then she is already a “saint”! – 1 Cor. 1: 2


      • the unit says:

        Fr. Robert, let me put it this way then. She didn’t deserve it better than those before her didn’t deserve it even less better. 🙂


        • Surely in the Glory and around the Lord Jesus Himself, is the Body Redemptive of Christ, and we all will be One in Him, a priesthood of believers forever! (Rev. 4-5)


  3. Annie says:

    Reblogged this on Annie and commented:

    Blessed are ye poor, the kingdom of Heaven is yours..


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