bishop's message :
BALASORE – 756 001
26th September, 2016
Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings from Bishop’s House, Balasore!
I. ST. TERESA OF KOLKATA
The Catholic community in India feel proud to have Mother
Teresa as St. Teresa of Kolkata. Though many of us watched
the Canonization ceremony on television, Bishop Thomas who
was present at St. Peter’s Square during the occasion,
shares the following:
“The historic and thrilling event of the Canonization of
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta took place in Rome on 4th
September 2016. It was a matter of great joy for me to be
personally present in Rome for it and I cherish vivid memory
of it. I was personally acquainted with Mother Teresa.
Besides 400 Bishops from all over the world, a large number
of Priests, Religious Sisters an estimated crowd of five
lakhs personally witnessed this spectacular and unique event
in St. Peter's Square. It was really marvellous.
What has attracted such a large multitude to Rome for the
Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta? Her deep intimacy
with Jesus through daily prayer and the consequent
experiences transformed her to be a person of committed
service to the people of all walks of life and especially to
the poorest of the poor. The people acclaim that what she
preached, she carried out in action with the grace God in
spite of the various challenges she had to face. She
responded with faith and humility her special call to go to
the slums of Calcutta. “For I was hungry and you gave me
food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink." (Mt.25, 15).
Mother Teresa said:"My progress in holiness depends on God
and myself-on God's grace and my will. We all are
instruments in the hands of God to experience his love and
to take it to all people."
The Missionaries of Charity are rendering their services in
nearly 100 countries. Let us pray that they experience more
and more the love of Christ and render their committed
services especially to the poorest of the poor. Mother
Teresa has left a great legacy for the Missionaries of
Charity. She prayed very much for peace in the world. "The
fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace."
With regards and Blessings
Thomas Thiruthalil, C.M.
Bishop Emeritus of Balasore