It was one of those moments you can never forget. You remember exactly where you were, exactly what you were doing when you found out. Like that one class transition during high school, when I was leaving my science class, and someone mentioned something about an airplane crashing into a building.
It was September 5, 1997. I know that date because the internet knows the date, the world knows the date. I was in elementary school, at a Catholic school at the time. I remember that I was sitting in the library. It was a sunny day, and we were listening to a presentation from the librarian. Suddenly, an announcement came over the PA to let the school know, that Mother Teresa had died.
I mean, I had heard of her before. But the librarian just burst into tears. She needed a minute to compose herself, and then she explained that she was so sorry to hear this news. She explained what an incredible impact this woman had on her life, and shared that she always hoped one day to meet Mother Teresa. Now she never would.
And it struck me the other day, as I considered that announcement over the PA, the tears of this woman, and the pain and sorrow of death, that these saints in Heaven are not lost forever. Mother Teresa knew pain and suffering well. She endured much spiritual dryness and profound spiritual darkness. She endured much evil. And what was her response? To keep the faith. To keep pushing. To never give up.
What would Saint Mother Teresa say to our tears over her death?
I cannot say for sure. But as we know that she is now in the eternal presence of God, I think she would tell us to rejoice. I think she would tell us to rejoice at her birth into eternal life. And I think she would point us to Christ, and say that it is not too late to meet her… for we all make up the body of Christ, the whole Church makes up the body of Christ. And one day, if we are faithful to the commands of Christ, and if we love Him and accept Him, we will be perfectly united to this body of Christ in Heaven. Together with all of the angels, and all of the saints, and God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. And there is no need for tears over that…
P.S. God is Merciful & He loves you… Pass it on!