New York City, N.Y., Aug 28, 2016 / 17:05 pm
Mother Teresa’s tireless work for the poor and her relevance for global affairs will be featured at the United Nations, whose New York headquarters will host several events on her life as an unprecedented tribute to a saint of the Catholic Church.
Msgr. Leo Maasburg will be among the participants in the U.N. commemorations. He told CNA that Mother Teresa “was more than just a Catholic nun with a big heart for the poor.”
“She was a missionary and an ambassador for the sanctity of life, never growing weary of advocating for the dignity of the unborn, the sick and the dying,” he said.
Msgr. Maasburg said he believes her views on politics and society and her messages to the world’s elite “have not had the attention they would deserve.”
The priest, who was born in Austria, was Mother Teresa’s spiritual director for several months in 1988 when she opened her first houses in Moscow and Armenia. He also traveled with her to India, Rome and many other places around the world.
Msgr. Maasburg said the nun was “someone who tried to act rather than to talk.”
“At the same time, she was deeply rooted in prayer, and I think this is what made her so effective,” he said, adding “everything she did, she tried to do for and with the first and only love of her life: Jesus.”
The United Nations’ conference building in New York will host a Mother Teresa exhibit Sept. 6-9.