Saturday, September 5, 2015

Mother Teresa of Calcutta - Eucharistic Adoration

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia. As a teen, she joined the Sisters of Loreto and took the name Teresa. She eventually came to work as a missionary sister in India, where she taught in a Catholic school.
 While traveling by train to Darjeeling for a retreat, Sr. Teresa heard her call from God to help the poorest of the poor in the streets. In 1948, she left the Sisters of Loreto, received basic medical training, and then ventured out into the streets of Calcutta. In 1949, a group of young women whom she had previously taught joined her, and in the following year the Vatican gave her permission to start the congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Charity. Her congregation grew rapidly. She opened houses in other parts of India and eventually all over the world.
 Mother Teresa credited the sisters’ time before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament with their increase in vocations. The hour visits each day gave them the grace to fulfill their mission of going out into the streets and serving the poor and the sick. Mother Teresa also believed that, by visiting Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration, we join with others all over the world in praying for the peace and salvation of all the world.
In 1973, during the General Chapter of our congregation, there was a unanimous cry, “We want daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament!”
We have much work to do for the poor. Still we have not had to cut back on our work in order to have that hour of adoration. (Often this is the excuse some people give for not having adoration every day.)
I can tell you I have seen a great change in our congregation from the day we started having adoration every day. Our love for Jesus is more intimate. Our love for each other is more understanding. Our love for the poor is more compassionate. And we have twice as many vocations. (Amazing Graces)

Every First Friday of the month we are fortunate to have Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel next to our Church. Also, we have a twenty-four hour Adoration Chapel on the campus at our High School. These places of opportunity to spend time with Jesus are well visited. May we visit often and see the "change" in our communities as we share a "more intimate" love for Jesus.

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