Priest Who Knew Mother Teresa Said She Believed It Was Better to Light One Candle

(Photo © 1986 Túrelio (via Wikimedia-Commons), 1986 / Lizenz: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0 de) In light of the Christopher motto, “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness,” this excerpt from a New York Times story ahead of her canonization stood out: When the Rev. Sebastian Vazhakala, the co-founder with Mother Teresa of [Read More…]

Mother Teresa’s “Heart Was Big Like the Heart of God Himself”

“We have to do something about it.” As a child, that’s what Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu would say when her mother took her and her siblings out to serve hungry people in the streets of Macedonia. Agnes grew up to be Mother Teresa, who will become St. Teresa this Sunday Sept. 4. And she certainly did [Read More…]

Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Wants God’s Light to Shine Through Her

One of the joys of the Rio Olympics has been seeing the joy on the face of gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who has been dubbed “the human emoji” because of her bright smile and easy display of emotion. That joy wasn’t just there when she, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, and Gabby Douglas won gold [Read More…]

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was the Original Christopher (Christ-bearer)

It appears that my friend Abby Fuhrmann has something in common with the late screen legend Maureen O’Hara: they both found (and find) spiritual consolation in saying the “Hail Mary” before going to bed. On this day, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. Abby reflects on the reasons for this [Read More…]