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Anniversary of Beatification of Blessed Theresa


Beatification Medal

On November 17, 1985, Mary Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger was declared “Blessed” by Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

“‘You are the light of the world’ (Mt 5:14). Today Christ speaks these words in a special way to our newly beatified Mary Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger. Through beatification the church raises the light of her holy life and work to the lampstand so that from there it can shine before all people. In Mother Theresa, it honors a gifted educator and at the same time a remarkable educational institution, which continues to this very day in many countries and continents through the Congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, which she founded.

“The secret of the great fruitfulness of Mother Theresa’s educational work, besides her professional competence, was the radiance of her own spiritual life, unshakable trust in God and ardent love of Christ and of the poor. Holy Scripture, the Eucharist, and prayer were her source of inner strength. She spent long hours before the tabernacle in the quiet of the night, seeking to know God’s will and asking for the strength to fulfill it. She chose Mary as a model for herself and for her sisters, and dedicated the congregation to her. They were to live and act like Mary, directing their entire lives to God and bringing Christ into the world.”  

-Pope John Paul II, excerpts from the Beatification Liturgy

Read more about the beatification and watch a video from the event on the SSND Sturdy Roots webpage.

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