Friday, January 28, 2011

"Tradition in Action" trashes Mother Teresa of Calcutta

On October 19, 2003, Pope John Paul II, having waived the customary five-year waiting period which leads to beatification, declared Mother Teresa to be Blessed and allowed the immediate opening of her canonization cause.  What exactly does Beatification mean in the Church?  EWTN has an excellent article which explains its significance here.

On October 20, 2003, Pope John Paul II delivered an Address on the occasion of Mother Teresa's Beatification.  His Holiness said (in part):

"Missionary of Charity: this is what Mother Teresa was in name and in fact". Today with deep feeling I repeat these words that I spoke the day after her death (Angelus, 7 September 1997; L'Osservatore Romano English Edition, 10 September, n. 1).

First and foremost a missionary: there is no doubt that the new Blessed was one of the greatest missionaries of the 20th century. The Lord made this simple woman who came from one of Europe's poorest regions a chosen instrument (cf. Acts 9: 15) to proclaim the Gospel to the entire world, not by preaching but by daily acts of love towards the poorest of the poor. A missionary with the most universal language: the language of love that knows no bounds or exclusion and has no preferences other than for the most forsaken.

A Missionary of Charity. A missionary of God who is love, who has a special preference for the least and the humble, who bends over the human being wounded in body and spirit and pours "the oil of consolation and the wine of hope" upon the wounds. God did this in the person of his Son made man, Jesus Christ, the Good Samaritan of humanity. He continues to do this in the Church, especially through the saints of charity in whose ranks Mother Teresa shines in a special way.

Where did Mother Teresa find the strength to place herself completely at the service of others? She found it in prayer and in the silent contemplation of Jesus Christ, his Holy Face, his Sacred Heart. She herself said as much: "The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is service; the fruit of service is peace". Peace, even at the side of the dying, even in nations at war, even in the face of attacks and hostile criticism. It was prayer that filled her heart with Christ's own peace and enabled her to radiate that peace to others.

A missionary of charity, a missionary of peace, a missionary of life. Mother Teresa was all these. She always spoke out in defence of human life, even when her message was unwelcome. Mother Teresa's whole existence was a hymn to life. Her daily encounters with death, leprosy, AIDS and every kind of human suffering made her a forceful witness to the Gospel of life. Her very smile was a "yes" to life, a joyful "yes", born of profound faith and love, a "yes" purified in the crucible of suffering. She renewed that "yes" each morning, in union with Mary, at the foot of Christ's Cross. The "thirst" of the crucified Jesus became Mother Teresa's own thirst and the inspiration of her path of holiness.

Teresa of Calcutta was truly a Mother. A mother to the poor and a mother to children. A mother to so many girls and young people who had her as their spiritual guide and shared in her mission. The Lord brought forth from a tiny seed, a great tree, laden with fruit (cf. Mt 13: 31-32). And precisely you, sons and daughters of Mother Teresa, are the most eloquent signs of this prophetic fruitfulness. Keep her charism unaltered and follow her example, and from Heaven she will not fail to sustain you in your daily journey."

But the Devil hates humble souls consecrated to God.  Which is why he raises others up to attack such souls.  The Devil knows the Sacred Scriptures better than you and me.  Recall how he tempted the Lord Jesus in the desert by quoting from the Scriptures.  And the Adversary knows full well that God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (1 Peter 5:5).  Such an attack on Blessed Mother Teresa has been issued by Marian Horvat, in an article published by "Tradition in Action," an anti-Semitic organization which also has problems with Pope John Paul II and the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

Needless to say (for those who are sane), an attack on the good name of Blessed Mother Teresa is very troubling.  For it would seem to indicate a level of pride which is nothing less than demonic.  It is the Church, through her Supreme Pontiff, which has declared Mother Teresa to be "Blessed."

More on "Tradition in Action" here.


Michelle said...

This counterfeit Catholic group is constantly attacking Saints, prophets, Popes and other members of the hierarchy because the Church will not embrace its own peculiar agenda. Which is why it is attacking the prophecy of St. Nilus.

Scary bunch of people.

Ellen Wironken said...

Oh my God, they are also attacking Pope John Paul II - accusing him of "false ecumenism." You're absolutely right, demonic is a suitable word. An attack on Christ's Vicar is an attack on Christ and His Church. May Jesus have mercy on these misguided souls.

Dan said...

Ellen, they also are very critical of Pope Benedict XVI and his theology. More Catholic than the Pope.


ShrewsburyCatholic said...

Marian Horvat is part of the fringe movement within the Church that supports Father Nicholas Gruner (a suspended priest) and opposes the Church's Magisterium. Go here:

Blake said...

Ralph Martin cites the prophecy of St. Nilus in his powerful book dealing with the crisis in the Church. That is a good enough recommendation for me. Ralph Martin is rock-solid. Perhaps that's why he has his own show on EWTN?

Steve said...

I wouldn't be too quick to judge Father Gruner just because he is "suspended". The emphasis on Fatima that Gruner's group is known for makes much more Catholic sense than the Vatican's doomed prophecy that Fatima belongs to the past. The Vatican is good at refusing to hear the complaints of traditional minded Clergy who dare to question the party line. These traditional Catholics have a right to be heard under Canon Law!!!

Michelle said...

This article explains the seriousness of Father Gruner's suspension

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