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St. Teresa of Kolkata: Icon of Human Dignity

I first “met” Mother Teresa when I was about eight years old passing countless times by a small magazine clipping posted on our fridge. On it was one of those striking photographs of her holding a small child, the lines deep in her weathered, unmistakable face under her white and blue sari. The words “Another pro-life extremist…” graced the bottom of the picture. I don’t think I understood what that meant or who Mother Teresa was at the time. But I have seared into my mind that powerful image and those provocative words. As a Notre Dame college student, a decade later, I encountered her again in a class cross listed in theology and peace studies taught by Margie Pfeil called “Vocation and Leadership in Catholic Social Tradition.” Having been introduced to the Missionaries of Charity through service work in Rome the semester before, I decided to write one of the required papers on Mother Teresa. This brought me into contact not only with Mother Teresa’s life story (recounted beautifully by Lenny Delorenzo in a …