Anjene Gonxhe Bojaxhu was born of Albanian parents on 26th August 1910 in Skopje, which is present day Macedonia. She first felt called to religious life at a tender age of 12. When she was 18, moved by a desire to become a missionary she left her home and went to Ireland where after her training, she became a Loretto nun and took the name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux. Soon thereafter she came to India and worked as a teacher at St. Mary’s School in Kolkata and in 1937 she made her Final Profession of Vows, becoming as she said the “spouse of Jesus” for “all eternity“. From that time on she was called Mother Teresa. A person of intense prayer with a great love for her students, she was noted for her charity, courage, unselfish attitude and a capacity for hard work. Continue reading
The more the humility, the better the littleness!
Jeanne Jugan grew up in a small town in revolutionary France, in 1792. Times were tough as violence ruled during those days. For thousands, begging was a way of life. Those who openly practiced their faith were not merely ridiculed but they were imprisoned or killed. Jeanne received her faith formation secretly and at great risk, from her mother and a group of women who belonged to a lay movement. Later, she went to work as a kitchen maid for a wealthy family. Continue reading
Saint Alphonsa-the passion flower of Bharananganam (a village in Kerala) or Alphonsamma as she was fondly called, is the first woman of Indian origin to be canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church in 2008, and the first canonized saint of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. Continue reading
Saints have a unique way of entering into our lives and helping us know more about Jesus Christ simply by the way they lived their lives. Let me recount how I chanced upon the wonderfully simple and grace filled life of St. Isidore, whose feast the church celebrates today.
Our CFCI community in Chennai has the practise of hosting the annual All Saints day celebration. We get the kids dressed up as their favourite saint and join together as a community to celebrate the lives of the saints and thank God for them. Continue reading