Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Quotation of the Week (September 25 - October 1, 2016)

A quotation of St. Francis de Sales on 'on one's imperfections,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo & design © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Quotation of the Week (September 18 - 24, 2016)

Quotatons of Bernard M. Baruch, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oscar Wilde, and Christopher Paolini on 'being oneself,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Design © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Quotation of the Week (September 11 - 17, 2016)

A quotation of Christopher Paolini on 'children's upbringing,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork by Andrea Mary D'Costa (June 20, 2016)

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Pope Francis Declares Mother Teresa a Saint

Pope Francis arriving for the Canonization Mass at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican
 Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty Images (via

The official canonization portrait of Mother Teresa hanging outside St. Peter's Basilica
Photo courtesy: Reuters (via

Mother Teresa in the eyes of a Bangladeshi artist, who is also a Religious Brother (2012)
Artwork courtesy: Brother Shaymol Gomes, CSC

Pope Francis, in a solemn ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica Square in the Vatican today, officially proclaimed Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint of the Catholic Church. With this gesture, the canonization process of Mother Teresa (1910-1997) comes to fruition.

According to the Catholic News Agency, the Pope in presence of about 120,000 people, declared: “For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother Bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a Saint,” Pope Francis exclaimed as the crowd roared with applause.

“We enroll her among the Saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

Mother Teresa of Calcutta founded the Missionaries of Charity of nuns and Brothers and carried on the arduous but merciful work of alleviating the sufferings of the poorest of the poor as much as possible. Her work drew both appreciation and criticism.

To learn more about Mother Teresa, her works, canonization and criticism (we can learn a lot from the criticism, too), please read the following:

(To be updated further)

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The Quotation of the Week (September 4 - 10, 2016)

A quotation of Martin Luther King, Jr. on 'state-approved gross injustices,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa

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