Father Dominic Reports From St. Teresa's Canonization
Father Dominic, who is in Rome with Father Abbot for the Benedictine Abbots' Congress, sent us the following report from attending the canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta:
This morning was spent with countless pilgrims in the midst of Saint Peter’s Square to witness the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Though the temperature was in the 90s, a very slight breeze floated in the air giving a little relief from the sun. The first photo (above) gives an indication of how close I was (had to stand through the liturgy, but got to sit down on the piazza stones during the homily), the second a closeup of the façade with a better view of the official canonization portrait, and the third is a “selfie” to prove that I was there (sorry for the poor quality). Pope Francis was in fine form. I was thankful that I did not have to be Master of Ceremonies for this liturgy. Met up with some seminarians for the North American College (all from the Midwest). Their professor who was with them had got to play a recital on the Abbey Church organ many years ago when he was during graduate work at SLU. Next to us were a group of pilgrims from Albania (Mother Teresa’s homeland). And, in that sea of humanity, I encountered other monks in Rome for the Abbot’s Congress, though we had each left Sant’ Anselmo earlier this morning on our own. The actual Rite of Canonization at the beginning of the Mass was both moving and gave me a thrill. This will be a memory to hold for a long time to come.