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Missionaries of Charity superior emphasizes that order exists to evangelize

October 29, 2012

The aim of the Missionaries of Charity’s apostolate is “to bring souls to God and God to souls,” the order’s superior general emphasized during an October 26 intervention at the Synod of Bishops.

“Our Mother Teresa is known for the work done for the poor,” said Sister Mary Prema Pierick, MC. “Not all are immediately aware of the aim of our work, that is ‘to bring souls to God and God to souls.’ When asked by the Minister of Social Work about the difference between his work and her work, she responded, ‘You do it for something, we do it for Someone.’”

Sister Pierick added:

In many countries the sisters take medicine to interior villages, where Jesus is not yet known. The very sick ones are admitted in our homes, where they receive the treatment mostly for tuberculosis. During their stay with us the poor share in the prayers of the sisters. They hear the Word of God, are present for Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. They learn about God's merciful love for them and to pray the rosary. Their deepest questions about life receive an answer. At their return to their village they spread their experience of Jesus to their families and neighbors.

In Kolkata volunteers come from many countries to share in the service of the poor in our homes. They come from all walks of life with very different expectations. These young people are invited to participate in the Holy Mass at 6 o'clock in the morning. After their service where they have touched Jesus in the poor, they return to Mother House to adore Jesus in the Eucharist at 6:00 pm. Usually a priest is available for confession. Lately we have an increasing number of Chinese volunteers. One day a young woman approached Mother beaming with joy:"I have found Jesus in the home for the dying." A young man shared his experience in these words:"I have come to change Kolkata, now I see that Kolkata has changed me”.

“Our Mother spread the kingdom of the Immaculate Heart by offering a miraculous Medal to every person she met,” she added. “We go two by two, rosary in hand, and Our Lady opens the doors and the hearts of the poor for Jesus to enter. Please, pray for us, that we may make the Church fully present by our love for Jesus and the poor wherever God has sent us.”

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