In letters written to her spiritual director, Jesuit Father Celeste Van Exem, Mother Teresa described experiencing four mystical visions between September 1946 and October 1947 that led to her founding a new order, the Missionaries of Charity.
In the visions, she spoke with Jesus, with Him commanding her to leave the Sisters of Loreto, to found the Sisters of Charity and work with the poor – and her trying to resist His call.
Mother Teresa wrote in these letters that she responded to Jesus’s command by saying He was asking “too much”. She wrote: “I can hardly grasp even half of what it is that you want. Go, Jesus, and look for a soul that is worthier and more generous.” She wrote that Jesus replied that she had been chosen precisely because she was not perfect.
Mother Teresa said Jesus wanted “Indian nuns, missionaries of charity” who could be the “fire of my love among the poorest of the poor, the sick, the dying, the children in the streets. I want you to bring the poor to me.”
In a second letter, Saint Teresa of Calcutta wrote of a vision of a crowd of people in great suffering, and among the crowd, Jesus being crucified, watched by the Virgin Mary. Jesus spoke to her from the Cross, saying “I have asked you. They have asked you and she, my mother, has asked you. Will you refuse to do this for me, to take care of them, to bring them to me?”
Mother Teresa established the Missionaries of Charity in 1948, soon after her visions. The Missionaries of Charity care for the dying homeless, sick children, abandoned children, lepers, people with AIDS, the aged, and convalescent. These services are provided, without charge, to people regardless of their religion or social status.
To help continue the mission of Saint Teresa of Calcutta and her legacy, and provide for the work of missionaries around the globe, The Pontifical Mission Societies have created MISSIO, a new and innovative Catholic crowd-funding platform that allows you to directly help provide aid for the poorest of areas.
By donating through MISSIO, you can help Sisters comfort the sick and dying at Prem Dan House. Just $25 provides medicine and equipment. Just $5 helps provide food and supplies for a week.
MISSIO allows you to search through vital charity projects – ones providing for basic needs, education, safety, and others extending the Good News of the Gospel to remote areas.
Launched by Pope Francis himself, the MISSIO platform offers a direct connection to change-makers who work on the “front lines” making a difference for the poor and marginalized through direct, daily service.
Choose one of these missions of Pope Francis, and donate directly to them, knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly there. Share them on social media so others can support the projects also.
MISSIO is powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies, the Catholic Church’s official support organization for overseas missions since 1822, providing for a global network of people who are making a difference for communities in need around the globe.
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