Mother Teresa was Catholic in the truest sense of the word — universal. “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.” As her Feast Day is September 5th, here are five ways Mother Teresa is connected to the Universal Church.
St. Therese: Mother Teresa had not one, but two, two ties to St. Therese. She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Gonxha means “rosebud” or “little flower” in Albanian. St. Therese was also called the “Little Flower”. Later, when Mother Teresa took her first religious vows, she chose to be named after Thérèse de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries.