Mother Teresa Shrine and Garden
We were delighted, like so many others, to hear of the decision of the Vatican to canonize Mother Teresa during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Mother Teresa's life and legacy reveals so many aspects that we can relate to in our lives. As Bishop Robert Barron stated in a recent Catholic News Agency article, "despite her resolutely cheerful countenance, she underwent long years of doubt to match the depth of her faith. When darkness did come to her, she overcame it by surrendering herself to Jesus. She readily embraced her trials as a way to share in Jesus' suffering and to show her great love for him."
Countless hungry and lost souls come to the National Shrine Grotto searching for answers. They want answers to why a loved one is sick, why a job was lost, why is God not visible? Mother Teresa is a perfect model of continuing, without answers to these questions, despite any personal agony while relying on Divine Providence.
In honor of Mother Teresa and her canonization, we want to add landscaping to her shrine and create a beautiful garden in her honor. Our goal is $15,000 to cover the expenses of planting, materials, labor and an endowment for future care. We are asking to give to this need today so we have time to purchase the materials and install the garden before the canonization.
As you know, the National Shrine Grotto, is a beacon of light, hope, courage and inspiration for those who visit this sacred spot. I pray that you consider this opportunity to continue your generosity and faithful support so that Mother Teresa's shrine becomes a garden of discernment, prayer and reflection.
Please send your donation today and include your prayer intention and request to light a candle at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Cave.
For more information, please contact Jessica Root (301) 447-5484
Celebrating Mother Teresa's Canonization
Sunday, September 4
Mass, 12 p.m.
Garden Blessing following Mass