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Woman Of Mercy

Mother Teresa was “€œa generous
dispenser of divine mercy”€ among the “€œabandoned and discarded”€. She raised her voice before the powerful of the world “€œso that they might recognize their
guilt for the crime … of poverty they created”€. Pope Francis thus described
Mother Teresa during his homily on Sunday, 4 September, in the Canonization Mass for the Foundress of the men and women Missionaries of Charity.

More than a hundred thousand people gathered in St Peter”€™s Square for the solemn right, one of the central moments of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
During his homily for the canonization Mass, the Pontiff defined Mother Teresa
as a “€œtireless worker of mercy”€, and held her up as a “€œmodel of holiness”€ for
the numerous representatives of the “€œthe whole world of volunteers”€ present at
the celebration. “€œHow many hearts”€, the Pontiff said, “€œhave been comforted by
volunteers! How many hands they have
held; how many tears they have wiped away; how much love has been poured out in hidden, humble and selfless service!”€. That service gives voice to the faith”€, he added, “€œand expresses the mercy of the Father, who draws near to those in need”€.

Francis emphasized that “€œthere is no alternative to charity”€, and that following Jesus is both “€œa serious task, and, at the same time, one filled with joy”€. Moreover, he remarked, “€œit takes a certain daring and courage to recognize the divine Master in the poorest of the poor and those who are cast aside, and to give oneself in their service”€. This is the mission that Mother Teresa carried out,
expending herself in defence of human life “€”of “€œthose unborn and those abandoned and discarded”€ “€” and bending down to “€œthose who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity”€. Mercy, the Pope affirmed, “€œthe “€˜salt”€™ which gave flavour to her work, it was the “€˜light”€™ which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their
poverty and suffering”€.

At the Angelus which was recited after the conclusion of the Mass, the Pope again referred to the example of Mother Teresa and that of all the Sisters who “€œgive their lives without holding back”€ in difficult situations. He also wished
especially to recall Sr Isabel, the Spanish missionary who was killed in Haiti
on Friday, 2 September.


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