St Teresa of Calcutta

St Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) was born in Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia, to Albanian parents. At eight, her father died and she was raised by her mother, a Roman Catholic. At 18 she joined the Sisters of Loreto. In 1929, she went to Loreto Convent School in Eastern Calcutta as a teacher and novitiate. She took her solemn vows in 1937 and served as teacher and Headmistress for almost 20 yrs.

In 1948, deeply affected by the poverty and famine surrounding her, Saint Teresa embarked on a new mission. She adopted the now famous white habit with blue border, received basic medical training and started a new school among the destitute and starving. Soon she was joined by other women helpers which in turn led to the formation of the Missionaries of Charity. The Orders purpose was to help, “The poorest among the poor – the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all who felt unwanted, unloved, uncared for, people that had become a burden to society and were shunned by everyone”.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta received numerous awards during her lifetime; including the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She is the Patron of World Youth Day. Her Fesast Day is the 5th of September.


Cross-RedDay 1 – Reflection: Know the Living Jesus

(Do you know Jesus? Is He in your heart, in your thoughts and actions? Do you find him in other people, as well as, the Tabernacle and the Holy Eucharist?)

Thought For The Day: “Don’t search for Jesus in far lands; He is not there. He is close to you; He is in you.”

Request: Ask for the grace of an intimate knowledge of Jesus.

Bl-Teresa-of-CalcuttaPrayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus… (This my request).

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

… Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for me. Amen …


Cross-RedDay 2 – Reflection: Jesus Loves You

(Jesus is Love. Do you love Jesus more than anything else in life? Do you see the many lifetime graces and gifts He grants?)

Thought For The Day: “Do not be afraid – you are precious to Jesus. He loves you.”

Request: Ask for the grace to be convinced of Jesus’ unconditional and personal love for you.

Bl-Teresa-of-CalcuttaPrayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus… (This my request).

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

… Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for me. Amen …


Cross-RedDay 3 – Reflection: Hear Him Say to You: “I Thirst”

(Jesus thirsts for your love, for your soul. Do you thirst for Him in the same way? His “Thirst” on the Cross at Calvary was for the salvation of the whole world.)

Thought For The Day: “Just think! God is thirsting for you and me to come forward to satiate His thirst.”

Request: Ask for the grace to understand Jesus’ cry of thirst.

Bl-Teresa-of-CalcuttaPrayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus… (This my request).

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

… Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for me. Amen …


Cross-RedDay 4 – Reflection: Our Lady Will Help You

(Mary has already ascended to heaven. She now wants to be our heavenly Mother. Mary humbly accepted the will of God while on earth; today she will humbly lay our prayers at Jesus’ feet with her added words.)

Thought For The Day: “How close we must keep to Our Lady who understood what depth of Divine Love was being revealed as she stood at the foot of the Cross and heard Jesus cry out: ‘I thirst.’”

Request: Ask for the grace to learn from Our Lady to quench Jesus’ thirst as she did.

Bl-Teresa-of-CalcuttaPrayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus… (This my request).

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

… Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for me. Amen …


Cross-RedDay 5 – Reflection: Trust Jesus Fully

(Do you trust Jesus, His teachings and promises, 100%. While He was on earth, He forgave many people their sins and to prove that He could do so, he healed their many illnesses, as well as raising Lazarus, Jairus’ daughter, the widow’s son at Nain and, after three days, rising from the dead Himself.)

Thought For The Day: “Confidence in God can do all things. It is our emptiness and lowliness that God needs and not our plenitude.”

Request: Ask for the grace to have an unshakable trust in the God’s power and love for you and for all.

Bl-Teresa-of-CalcuttaPrayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus… (This my request).

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

… Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for me. Amen …


Cross-RedDay 6 – Reflection: True Love is Surrender

(Do you surrender all to God? Do you share your joys and sufferings? Do you share all your gifts and blessings? God is Love, are you truly open to His Love?)

Thought For The Day: “Allow God to use you without consulting you.”

Request: Ask for the grace to surrender your whole life to God.

Bl-Teresa-of-CalcuttaPrayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus… (This my request).

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

… Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for me. Amen …


Cross-RedDay 7 – Reflection: God Loves a Cheerful Giver

(Is sharing, a joy? Everything we have is a gift from God, are you a cheerful giver?)

Thought For The Day: “Joy is the sign of union with God, of God’s presence. Joy is love, the normal result of a heart burning with love.”

Request: Ask for the grace to find joy in loving and to share this joy with all you meet.

Bl-Teresa-of-CalcuttaPrayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus… (This my request).

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

… Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for me. Amen …


Cross-RedDay 8 – Reflection: Jesus Made Himself the Bread of Life and the Hungry One

(Do you hunger to receive the Holy Eucharist and help the poor? Jesus wants to come to us, but the choice is ours!)

Thought For The Day: “Believe that He, Jesus, is in the appearance of Bread and that He, Jesus, is in the hungry, naked, sick, lonely, unloved, homeless, helpless and hopeless.”

Request: Ask for the grace of a deep faith to see Jesus in the Bread of Life and to serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poor.

Bl-Teresa-of-CalcuttaPrayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus… (This my request).

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

… Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for me. Amen …


Cross-RedDay 9 – Reflection: Holiness is Jesus Living and Acting in Me

(Is your life becoming like a prayer? So, what do you need to do to make it more like the Saints? God is loving and merciful. When we make mistakes, He does not want us to give up. We all make mistakes on the path to Holiness, to God.)

Thought For The Day: “Charity for each other is the surest way to great holiness.”

Request: Ask for the grace to become a Saint.

Bl-Teresa-of-CalcuttaPrayer: Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus… (This my request).

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

… Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for me. Amen …


Related Links

Prayers: By and to Saint Teresa of Calcutta