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The Social Impact of Newly Canonized St. Mother Teresa

This student post was originally written by CLU student, Lydia Aranda.
Please see author bio at the end of post.

On September 4th, 2016, Pope Francis officially canonized Mother Teresa for sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

In the original blog post on MOSH., I wrote the following on her canonization:

Called “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta,” she is most remembered for her selfless charity in working with the poorest-of-the-poor in India . . . Let us include time to reflect on Blessed Teresa’s tireless service to the forgotten ones. Even in her own darkest hours when she felt most alone in her duties, she persevered to bring dignity and peace to the sick so that they would not die alone or be rejected.

Newly canonized Saint Mother Teresa has had a significant social impact on the world. She is a renowned and respected figure, often regarded alongside the likes of other impactful leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela.

Her acts of kindness and selflessness has had a tremendous influence worldwide. Her legacy, as noted by Franciscan Media, showcases the tremendous just a small list of Saint Teresa’s accomplishments on this planet:

  • 69 years in service
  • 4500 missionaries of Charity Worldwide
  • 124 awards earned
  • Awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979

On the day of Mother Teresa’s canonization, Pope Francis praised the legacy she left behind and the work she exemplified, stating:

“Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded.

She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity. She made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.”

Read the original blog post here.

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About the Author

Lydia Aranda is a student at Claremont Lincoln University. She is an agent of social change working through her business development and consultancy firms to support non-profits and public service agencies, create leadership alliances between corporations and local communities, and advocate for education, entrepreneurship and equality.


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