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St. Teresa of Kolkata

Acrylic painting of St. Teresa of Kolkata by Jen Norton.

Many thoughts and ideas have been running through my head in the last week on what to say about our newest saint, St. Teresa of Kolkata. Really, there’s not much I can add that you can’t already find on the internet, said by tons of people more learned than I. So on this anniversary of 9/11, I don’t think I need to add more words. What we still need is peace. Peace in our world, in our communities, in our families and peace in our own hearts. And what is Mother Teresa’s advice on how to achieve Peace? To start at home and love your family. I know that is sometimes much harder than it sounds, at least for me. Love can be a lot of self-sacrificing work! But if you can bring about “Works of Love” with those who you are closest to, you learn and teach each other to live with respect for the other. You raise children who know how to love and respect all people. And you know that to care for the needs of others benefits all.

What can you do to promote world peace today? Go home and love your family, one small work at a time.

My St. Teresa of Kolkata artwork, featuring the corporal works of Mercy in her garment, is available here and here. Do you need a banner for your church or school? I have partnered with Diocesan Publications and you can order yours here!

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