At the Mass celebrating the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Bishop Douglas Deshotel emphasized that the new saint "saw Christ in the poor." Continuing this thought he said, "St. Teresa, pray for us that we receive the graces necessary to love as you loved."
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette had a full house for this special Mass for which Bishop Deshotel was the principal celebrant. Father Chester Arceneaux, rector, and a large group of diocesan priests were concelebrants.
"Saints are our models for Christian lives," Bishop Deshotel pointed out. "As ordinary Christians we face challenges and temptations. Saints, by their example, show their love for Christ by loving others, especially the less fortunate.
"St. Teresa of Calcutta showed her love for Christ by caring for. . .the poorest of the poor. She also taught us that being spiritually poor can be just as devastating as being economically poor, no matter the race, color or religion," Bishop Deshotel continued. "She reminded us that abortion was war on the most innocent of human beings, the child in the womb. The source of her charity was the Eucharist, hours in prayer before the Eucharist, reflecting on Christ's love for us.”
Bishop Deshotel suggested, "The canonization should inspire us to imitate her in our daily lives. Realizing how much Christ loves us, in spite of our weakness and sinfulness, we should be involved in works of mercy, helping those in need, food for the hungry, shelter for those in need, welcoming all, the unborn, the stranger, the immigrant, forgiving those who offend us, thinking more of others than ourselves."
In conclusion, Bishop Deshotel offered this prayer: "St. Teresa pray for us that we receive graces necessary to love as you loved . Help us to see the face of Christ in all we meet. When we come before the Judge, we will hear the words you heard 'Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you.'"