Catholic UCF women celebrate Mother Teresa’s canonization

Photo by: Daniel Ibañez/CNA The official banner for Mother Teresa's canonization drapes the facade of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.  

Photo by: Daniel Ibañez/CNA The official banner for Mother Teresa’s canonization drapes the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.  

Mother Teresa, revered for helping India’s impoverished, was declared a saint by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday.

More than 120,000 people celebrated her canonization at St. Peter’s Square, according to the Los Angeles Times, and the UCF Catholic Campus Ministry Women’s Community continue to honor her sacred day in Orlando.

“[Mother Teresa] is what we, not only as Catholic Christians, but as humans, should strive to be like,” said Jacqueline Vásquez, a senior advertising-public relations major. “She devoted her life to serving others, and I think that by recognizing her as a saint, more people can follow in her footsteps.”

Mother Teresa’s canonization, which took place 19 years after her death, was unusually quick, according to People Magazine. For over 10 centuries, the canonization process was allowed to begin five years after a candidate’s death, at minimum. Pope John Paul II, now Saint John Paul II, however, made an exception for Mother Teresa before he died. She died in 1997 and was nominated two years later in 1999. 

She was canonized Sunday under Pope Francis for her merciful works. 

“Mercy was the salt which gave flavor to her work,” Pope Francis said according to People. “May she be your model of holiness.”

Some of UCF’s Catholic women consider her to be a role model.

“I think it’s such a blessing for all of us to have Mother Teresa as a role model and woman of God,” said Madelyn Bodi, a freshman advertising-public relations major. “She lived her life as a saint, and now she is one…and that is beautiful.”

CCM member Maggie Morgan is excited that Mother Teresa is joining Saint John Paul II in sainthood. 

“Mother Teresa has always been a big inspiration to me in terms of living my faith and showing kindness,” Morgan said, a freshman international and global studies major. “She was a woman of grace and humility.”

Vásquez said Mother Teresa’s dedication to the poor in Kolkata, India is inspiring and commendable. It is a major reason why she wants to go into the non-profit service field.

“I have always heard of how she served the “untouchables” of India and loved the outcasts,” Vásquez added. “But I think what is most spectacular is that she did this all for God, even when she didn’t feel His presence in her life. She clung to the truth that Jesus is Lord, and that truth was enough to carry her through.” 

She is officially declared Saint Teresa of Calcutta, but Pope Francis believes she will still be known as Mother Teresa, according to Los Angeles Times.