Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Blessed Mother Teresa~Her Light Still Shines!

Happy 100th Birthday Mother Teresa!
August 26, 1910 ~September 5, 1997


Blessed Teresa is being honored World Wide this Thursday!
Though she is no longer present here on earth, her light still shines among us...
We've been talking a lot about Mother Teresa this week and how we can serve one another, beginning right here at home.  We have read that Mother Teresa used to say that we don't have to go to Calcutta to serve the poor but we can start by looking at our own family and those who are right around us who need love.
Her words still ring out to us today:  "There is a terrible hunger for love.  We all experience that in our lives--the pain, the loneliness.  We must have the courage to recognize it.  The poor you may have right in your own family.  Find them.  Love them."
Ultimately, we are all called to be beacons of light and love around us, right here, right now.  As we all know, it's not easy but it's necessary.

I thought I'd share a couple of craft ideas and this fun birthday dessert to celebrate Mother Teresa's wonderful life...And her feast day is coming soon too, on September 5th!


This is a very easy dessert that our kids LOVED helping with!  
~It's Vanilla Jell-O Pie (we added food coloring) with Fresh Blueberries & Whipped Cream~
*You could also make it in chocolate*
~Check out my post over at Catholic Cuisine for easy instructions!~


*We are making one of these desserts as a surprise (Shhh) for our Associate Pastor who served (personally) with Mother Teresa as a young man in India!  The kids are SO excited*


Here are a few craft ideas for this week or for her feast day coming up!


This is an easy Mother Teresa Beacon of Light Craft
I bought this plain glass candle at the Dollar Tree and used these supplies:
Oh, and I forgot to add the blue glitter to the supply photo!
The blue and white represents the colors of the Missionaries of Charity.  
This was a super easy craft!  Now the candle adorns our home altar/prayer table until Blessed Teresa's Feast Day, (September 5th) reminding us to be lights in the world.


This is also a fun paper plate craft to remember Mother Teresa.  We just used paint and paper plates!


Some of our other favorite Resources:
DVD's
The Fifth Word
Mother Teresa 
Books
Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa By: Demi
Thirsting for God 
Audio
Glory Stories
Coloring
Waltzing Matilda


"All we do is but a drop in the ocean, but if we do not do it, the ocean will be one drop less."
~Mother Teresa~

9 comments:

  1. what a meaningful dessert you're making for your associate pastor. he will be thrilled I'm sure. There are so many wonderful quotes of Blessed Mother Teresa. I love hearing ones I've not heard before. (Thanks for the link to Charlotte's page -- I did not know she had Bl. Mother Teresa pages there and they are lovely.)

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  2. darling ideas! mother teresa's centenary celebration is the finale to our already blessed week. we have 2 birthdays, 1 wedding anniversary, 1 baptismal anniversary and school starting. we would love to add one of your crafts to the plans.
    pax - lena

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  3. She is so beautiful! I love her smile!

    So, I am wondering, how do you stay so slim with all of the desserts you make? :)

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  4. You are so creative! I love seeing what you come up with next. The candle...ahhh...don't you just love mod podge?

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  5. Oh what joy we have in this beautiful soul of Mother Teresa....Thanks everyone! Patty~ I KNOW it does seem like we have had a lot of dessert lately. We're laying off for at least a couple of days now! LOL I actually go out for a early morning walk or jog about 4-5 days a week so that helps keep my 40-something weight gain to a dull roar! Kids are very active in sports but also have to watch the amount of sweets and not overdo bad sugars. Always just trying to keep "balance" in mind;) *sigh* Blessings!

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  6. Tiffany, this stuff is so stinkin' cute! You never stop amazing me! I really wanted to post something about her this week, but I've been mega busy. Great idea- love the paper plate craft! Maybe I'll have time to share some of this for her feast day :-)

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  7. Love everything!
    Thank you again for sharing, I have bought some of those candles at the Dollar Tree!!
    Many Blessings,
    Melanie

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  8. Hi Tiffany! I just came back to your post to tell you that I also made a post on Mother Teresa and I linked to yours!! You made a great celebration for our beloved Mother Teresa!! Thank you!

    Also, I wanted to ask you if you would be interested in making a post on the movie of St Perpetua, since you have watched it. People from Catholic Heroes want to publish a section called "Friend blogs" or something similar, to link to the blogs that share about the movie. You are so creative, maybe you can so something really special!! Think about it! If you have any questions, you can email me at xolivas@familiacatolica.org

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  9. Wonderful ideas. My 6 year old has gotten very interested in Mother Teresa lately, so we'll likely watch a show I taped about her today, and we might try this out too!

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