Monday, August 29, 2016
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
…”I was reminded over the weekend that Pope Francis is scheduled to canonize Mother Teresa on Sunday, September 4th. Mother Teresa was an incredible humanitarian who devoted her life to the poor of Calcutta, India. Yet because everything she did was pro-life, she was despised by many on the American left.
I couldn’t help but recall a national prayer breakfast which I attended in 1994. Mother Teresa was the main speaker. As was typical, the president, at that time Bill Clinton, was also in attendance, along with his spouse. Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, were also there.
Little Mother Teresa, who probably didn’t weigh 100 pounds, came up to the podium and said the following:
“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child. . . Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion. . .
“Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.”
The audience jumped to its feet in a standing ovation that went on for several minutes. It was an amazing moment. But some did not applaud. The president and the first lady, along with the Gores, remained seated and stone faced. “…
…”Mother Teresa was widely known as a living saint as she ministered to the sick and the dying in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the world. Although some people criticized her for not also challenging the injustices that kept so many people so poor and abandoned, her simple service touched the hearts of millions of people of all faiths.
Born to an ethnic Albanian family in Skopje, in what is now part of Macedonia, she went to India in 1929 as a Sister of Loreto and became an Indian citizen in 1947. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.
Shortly after she died in 1997, St. John Paul II waived the usual five-year waiting period and allowed the opening of the process to declare her sainthood. She was beatified in 2003.
After her beatification, Missionary of Charity Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, the postulator of her sainthood cause, published a book of her letters, “Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light.” The letters illustrated how, for decades, she experienced what is described as a “dark night of the soul” in Christian spirituality; she felt that God had abandoned her. While the letters shocked some people, others saw them as proof of her steadfast faith in God, which was not based on feelings or signs that he was with her.
The date chosen for her canonization is the eve of the 19th anniversary of her death and the date previously established at the Vatican for the conclusion of the Year of Mercy pilgrimage of people like her who are engaged in works of mercy.”…