The Canonization of Mother Teresa
St. Teresa's "business card" read: “The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is service; the fruit of service is peace.”
Today is a special day for many Catholics and others, today Mother Teresa became St. Teresa of Calcutta. However, for me and the (2) generations before me she will always be Mother Teresa.
This is the Year Jubilee of Mercy for Catholics. Which is also fitting that St. Teresa was canonized this year. Since Mother's mission was to take care of the poorest of the poor.
This is also the year I decided to be confirmed within the church. Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments through which Catholics pass in the process of their religious upbringing. According to Catholic doctrine, in this sacrament they are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened in their Christian life.
When you become confirmed you take a new name. I took the name Teresa. Why? you ask:
For the last 12 years I have gone through suffering. Many times the emotional pain has been far worse then the physical pain from surgeries that were not as successful as I had hoped and prayed for so many times. To help me through my dark times I look toward Mother Teresa now St Teresa life as an example of how to stay in faith when you feel no hope or feel unloved and forgotten by God. That is why I took the name Teresa, after Mother Teresa as my confirmation name.