Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In a book by one of St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Missionaries of Charity, Father Joseph Langford, MC: Mother Teresa: In the Shadow of Our Lady there was a copy of an aritst’s depiction of a vision St. Teresa of Calcutta had and she shared with Father before she died. I thought again of that image in reading about Sister Lucia’s Vision of Our Lady in Spain in 1925 because in both descriptions, Our Lady put her hand on the shoulder of Mother Teresa (in Mother’s vision she saw herself as a child; both she and Mary were looking at Jesus on the Cross), Our Lady put her hand on the shoulder of Sister Lucia (Lucia saw Mary’s Immaculate Heart surrounded by thorns).
Sister Lucia described her vision: “…Lucia was a postulant in the Convent of St. Dorothy in Pontevedra, Spain when she had the apparition of our Blessed Mother. She was standing over a cloud of light with the Child Jesus at her side. The Blessed Virgin put one hand on Lucia’s shoulder, while her other hand sustained her Immaculate Heart that was surrounded with thorns.”
It seems to me that Mary wanted to strengthen both daughters to carry forth Jesus: to be His Light in the Darkness. It seems to me that in our day when there is such a crisis of faith all over the world, we too are being called to share in His Mission of love for souls, as Mary and all the saints before us have done – to do as Jesus told us:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. (Mt 5: 14 - 16)
By God’s grace may we listen and hear His Word deep in our hearts today, and by His Grace may we behold (in faith) our Mother near to us, with her hand on our shoulders to strengthen us.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful; kindle in us the Fire of Your Love that we may be Light in the darkness of our world today! Please bring us into all the Truth we need: to be true Light – guide us in knowing and doing the Truth in love. Show us how we can be light today, and may we answer “Yes” as Mary, and St. Teresa of Calcutta, Sister Lucia and all the saints have done by Your grace. Amen.