‘Get crack­ing’ on be­ing kind

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - NI­COLE LAW­TON

Auck­lan­ders were among the first in the world to cel­e­brate the canon­i­sa­tion of Mother Teresa on Septem­ber 4.

A mass was held at St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral in hon­our of the mis­sion­ary nun, who en­tered the ranks of Catholic Church saints on Septem­ber 4 in Vat­i­can City.

Catholics be­lieve the saints live in par­adise af­ter death and can make mir­a­cles hap­pen by sum­mon­ing God’s in­ter­ven­tion when prayers are ad­dressed to them. There are thou­sands of them, but no pre­cise count ex­ists.

The 11am mass was sev­eral hours ahead of the cer­e­mony presided over by Pope Fran­cis. More than 1000 church­go­ers, along with five mem­bers of Mother Teresa’s order, the Sis­ters of Char­ity, packed the cathe­dral for the occasion.

Bishop Pa­trick Dunn led the ser­vice, say­ing it was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial since Mother Teresa had vis­ited New Zealand dur­ing her trav­els. ’’To­day we hon­our Mother Teresa, Cal­cutta, who ... in about 12 hours time, will be lifted among the saints of God,’’ the Bishop said in his ad­dress to the con­gre­ga­tion. ’’Her mes­sage to us is that ... the world can be changed through small acts of kind­ness, all we need to do it is get crack­ing and do them.’’

Mother Teresa’s canon­i­sa­tion fell on the eve of her feast day, Septem­ber 5, which marks the 19th an­niver­sary of her death at the age of 87.

A mass was held at St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral in hon­our of Mother Teresa, who en­tered the ranks of Catholic Church saints on Septem­ber 4 in Vat­i­can City.

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