Our Culture Needs What Mother Teresa Taught Us
This Sunday, September 4th, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be officially declared a saint in the Catholic Church. In an op-ed for the Washington Times, March for President Jeanne Mancini reflects on Mother Teresa’s life and legacy, writing: “Perhaps more than ever before, our culture needs what Mother Teresa’s life taught us: love and respect. “
From the op-ed: “The life’s work of Mother Teresa and its universal recognition across the globe allowed her a unique platform to speak about the truth she had learned and lived in love for human life. To the chagrin of the politically correct audience before her when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, Mother Teresa she spoke about abortion as the most serious level of poverty that a culture could encounter:
‘And I feel one thing I want to share with you all, the greatest destroyer of peace today is the cry of the innocent unborn child. For if a mother can murder her own child in her womb, what is left for you and for me to kill each other? To me the nations who have legalized abortion, they are the poorest nations. They are afraid of the little one, they are afraid of the unborn child, and the child must die because they don’t want to feed one more child, to educate one more child, the child must die.'”
Mother Teresa’s canonization is just what our culture needs. In just a few months, our nation will elect a new president. So many of us long for a better environment, culture of life, a culture of love — but are confused about how to bring that about amidst such a confusing and difficult political and cultural season.
We can begin by taking our cue from this remarkably brave and loving woman, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and her profound understanding and radical living out of the truth about the inherent dignity of the human person.