This Sunday, on the 19th anniversary of her death, Mother Teresa will be canonized St. Teresa of Calcutta. She is known for her profound works of mercy, caring for the poorest of the poor in one of the most desolate and impoverished areas of the world, the slums of Calcutta, India.
Already a saint in the minds of many, Mother Teresa needs no introduction for those who know her works. She left the safety of a Catholic girls’ school where she taught the children of India’s elite, because she heard a call from the Lord to care for the poor. She later called this her “call within a call.”
Despite facing resistance to this new calling, she began the work and started what is now known as the Missionaries of Charity, an order of sisters known for their white saris with blue borders. These missionaries of compassion can be found working with the destitute across the globe.
Despite her good works, Mother Teresa was plagued by a profound darkness of the soul, a reality that came to light only after her death as it was revealed in letters she had written to her spiritual director. A recent movie, The Letters, describes her work and her suffering. You can watch a trailer of this film here. You can also watch a reflection on her life and work by Bishop Robert Barron here.