I got up early to watch the Canonization Mass of St. Teresa of Calcutta on EWTN. I was none too happy to hear Fr. Tom Rosica giving color! I guess Joan Chittister was busy?
I really get the feeling our great friends at EWTN don't have a clue what's going down in catechisis outside of their own refuge. I doubt they know he uses 'salt and light' to push immorality down the throats of our people.
EWTN was truly the place I went to hear faithful Catholicism for at least a decade when things were really bad here in Boston. For many years, it was going 24/7 in the background as I went about my day (much like Turner Movie Classics is now!). It is such a gift to the Church!! Over the past few years, I've felt like it was yet another ministry that was infiltrated by theologically-somphomoric converts launching attacks at catechized Catholics who were more fully explaining why the position they take is inconsistent with our theology. The fact that it went on so long left a bad taste in my mouth, so I haven't turned it on.
If we wanted to see Tom Rosica, we'd turn our televisions to cnn. We tune into EWTN because we expect to hear faithful priests and lay people giving color.
Later, they had Ray Flynn on. I've not always agreed with Ray's politics - we've had a few scuffles! But he is truly faithful to the Magisterial teachings of the Church, a prolife Catholic who also has consistently given service to the poor, a kind and generous man and I was thrilled to see him adding his perspective.
I bet they don't know about Fr. Tom Rosica's antics! I am fairly confident that high-level people were NOT aware of the offensive content of Mark and Simcha. Might be worth putting some stuff together on Fr. Rosica and sending it on up the foodchain!
In any event, what a glorious day in the Church. I loved Mother Teresa, loved the way she loved and taught with consistency. Loved her kindness and gentleness, her humility. I loved that the heart of her ministry was about the people right in front of us, in our own home and world. Loved the tender relationship with St. John Paul II. I loved how uncomplicated her messages were, how easy it is to put the love of God into practice.
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
"In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love
"It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start."
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls."
Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action."
"Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home."
Great love can forgive great sin.
We're mostly on our game when we walk out the door, but at home trying to rush through the madness of chores and keeping a roof over our heads, it's more relaxed and spontaneous. When we kick our shoes off at home, it's a lot harder to stay on our game with the people who matter to us the most. This is the ministry I love the most, what I find to be the most fruitful, the most rewarding. I've put great emphasis in my life into trying to be game-on inside of my home.
This is not to say I've always succeeded! It is a good practice to take an inventory of the people in our lives and remind ourselves how to help the struggling. Having Mother Teresa's quotes fly by my facebook page, I was more aware of my failings last week. How many times I see conduct and not the pain and battle behind it in our comings and goings in the world.
Mother Teresa was always on her game in that respect. Whether it was a person suffering in poverty or a wealthy and powerful world leader, she saw the human suffering and knew just what to say, when and how to say it.
St. Teresa of Calcutta, ora pro nobis!