Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2010 / 02:55 am
The day of her baptism was actually more important to Mother Teresa than her birthday. Although she may not have celebrated her 100th birthday herself, August 26 was marked by her order in Rome, and many other places, "to give honor and glory to God."
Many of the Missionaries of Charity (MC) sisters and brothers based in Rome came together at San Lorenzo in Damaso Church on Thursday. Two main events highlighted the afternoon: the inauguration of a nearby exhibit documenting Mother Teresa's life and a Mass presided over by Cardinals Angelo Comastri and Marc Ouellet.
In the break between the events, CNA was able to speak to some of the members of the MC community in Rome about the significance of the day for them. According to their responses, the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth is important not so much for the fact that it's her birthday, but rather, as a celebration of her continued presence.
One sister thought that the foundress "would have been laughing" at all of the fuss made for the occasion.