Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Letters, Biography and Keepers of the Flame

October 19, 2009

Blessed Teresa of CalcuttaBlessed Teresa of Calcutta

The news of Albania asking India for Blessed Teresa’s bones came to my attention the day after I had finished Come be my Light, a collection of her letters. I had previously finished her Authorized Biography by Navin Chawla.

I’m happy to have had both books as her letters are focused on her actions and interior struggles, and references to historical occurrences about which I have no information; she was in India partition, which created Pakistan from Muslim majority areas; later East and West Pakistan separated, creating Bangladesh. Having the biography for context of what’s going on in India at the time helped me a lot in reading her letters.

The letters are wonderful; for decades, Blessed Teresa lived in poverty for Christ, seeing his face in the faces of the poor she assisted, while feeling empty on the inside as she felt he had left her. Knowing what she went through is so helpful in times of personal stress.

The best part of her letters? Right at the end when the doctor tells someone to “go get the box” so she’d calm down during one of her last illnesses. The box in question? The Tabernacle, containing the Real Presence of Jesus.

I highly recommend both of these books for anyone who wants to understand that it’s possible to be closer to God. Even if you feel far away.

The unlikely heirs of her charism to help people to have a holy death, are inmates in New York who volunteer to care for their brethren who are dying in state custody.

And for the FTC, please note that the books were purchased separately at thrift stores. While I have benefited spiritually from having read these books, I have not benefited financially.


May 30: Blessed Marta Maria Wiecka

May 30, 2009

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A Saint From New Jeresey? Servant Of God Sister Miriam Teresa

June 11, 2008

A Saint in New Jersey?

Servant of God Sister Miriam Teresa (1901-1927)

“The Church does not MAKE saints; GOD DOES …
The Church only RECOGNIZES them.

Who is Sister Miriam Teresa?

Teresa Demjanovich, a 20th Century American girl, was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1901, the youngest of seven children of Alexander and Johanna (Suchy) Demjanovich, Ruthenian immigrants to the United States from what is now Eastern Slovakia. Teresa received Baptism, Confirmation, and her First Holy Communion in the Byzantine-Ruthenian rite of her parents.

Where did she live out her brief life?

After attending Bayonne public schools Teresa entered the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, New Jersey. She was graduated with highest honors in 1923. Two years later, in 1925, she entered the community of Sisters of Charity at Convent Station. After profession of vows as a Sister of Charity, Teresa died in Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1927. She was 26 years of age. Read the rest of this entry »