«Remember that when we die, we will carry only the suitcase of charity with us»

“When we die we will only bring a suitcase, the suitcase of charity”. And she hastened to add: “fill it well until you are in time, because you will only bring that!”

Saints do not need applause; saints simply ask us to keep alive their work, they ask us to keep the lamp of their example lit and the fire of love that they lit on earth. The untiring nun from Skopje knew the faces of the outcasts and knew how to seize the yearnings and thrills. For decades she has gathered them from the sidewalks of Calcutta those who were feverish, Ill, exhausted, on the verge of death. For decades she has used her hand to soothe sore faces, hollowed cheeks, obscenely ulcerated bodies that  should have cursed God because of their affliction; but did not, because they were close to this tiny yet gargantuan sister, small yet awe-inspiring, empathetic emissary of God.

In this book, Ho conosciuto una santa, Cardinal Angelo Comastri, intimate friend of Mother Teresa, collects anecdotes and testimonies of those who knew personally the saint.

On his fondest memory of Mother Teresa Cardinal Comastri tells us…  “My fondest and most moving memory was our final encounter on 22 May 1997. My mum had died just a few days before this, on 5 May and I confided my pain to the mother. She took my hands in hers and almost as if to transmit her peace to me, she said: ‘Now your mother will always be close to you because Heaven does not draw us apart but brings us closer. I will also go to Heaven soon and I will always be close to you, along with your mother.’ These words are like a warm embrace that helps me overcome all difficulties.”

 

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Comastri_01Il 4 settembre 2016 è stata proclamata santa Madre Teresa di Calcutta. Vi propongo un passaggio bellissimo del card. Angelo Comastri, in un suo libro:

“La prima volta che incontrai Madre Teresa, fui colpito dal suo sguardo: mi guardò con occhi limpidi e penetranti. Poi mi chiese: «Quante ore preghi ogni giorno?». Rimasi sorpreso da una simile domanda e provai a difendermi dicendo: «Madre, da lei mi aspettavo un richiamo alla carità, un invito ad amare di più i poveri. Perché mi chiede quante ore prego?». Madre Teresa mi prese le mani e le strinse tra le sue quasi per trasmettermi ciò che aveva nel cuore; poi mi confidò: «Figlio mio, senza Dio siamo troppo poveri per poter aiutare i poveri! Ricordati: io sono soltanto una povera donna che prega. Pregando, Dio mi mette il Suo Amore nel cuore e così posso amare i poveri. Pregando!».

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