For Mother Teresa, mercy was the “salt” which gave flavour to her work, it was the “light” which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering. These were Pope Francis’ words during homily at mass on the occasion of Mother Teresa’s canonization ceremony.
Mother Teresa chose to serve the poorest of the poor and there manifested God’s merciful love. She said, “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work. She exhorted through her life to meet each other with a smile, for the smile she said is the beginning of love.
Pope Francis on her canonization day urged the faithful gathered that we should carry her smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey especially those who suffer, opening up opportunities of joy and hope for our many brothers and sisters who are discouraged and who stand in need of understanding and tenderness.