Kolkata: Describing Mother Teresa as an
"inestimable gift", Pope Benedict XVI has exhorted the
Missionaries of Charity to draw inspiration from her in
serving the poor, the sick, the lonely and the abandoned.
"I am confident that this year will be for the Church
and the world an occasion of joyful gratitude to God for the
inestimable gift that Mother Teresa was in her lifetime and
continues to be through the affectionate and tireless work for
you, her spiritual children," the Pope said in a message to
MoC superior-general Sr Prema.
The message was read out by Archbishop of Kolkata
Lucas Sirkar at the Mass offered this morning at the chapel of
the MoC headquarters here.
Greeting the MoC on the occasion, the Pope said Teresa
exemplified the message of St John -- "...If God loves us, we
ought also to love one another. God abides in us and his love
is perfected in us.
"May this love continue to inspire you as Missionaries
of Charity, to give yourselves generously to Jesus, whom you
see and serve in the poor, the sick, the lonely and the
abandoned," the message read.
The Pope said he was spiritually joining the centenary
celebrations. "I encourage you to draw constantly from the
spirituality and example of Mother Teresa and in her
footsteps, to take up Christ`s invitation: `Come be my light."