The confessors of the Missionaries of Charity in Manila are Jesuits?

Whenever I visit Fr. Badillo, S.J. in the Jesuit Residence here at the Ateneo de Manila University, I always see Missionaries of Charity sisters in the lobby waiting like me.  They wear their white sari with three blue stripes.  One of them I saw through a glass window in a wooden door.  She was meeting with a Jesuit priest.  My guess is that they were having a confession or a spiritual direction.

A sister was sitting on a bench across a desk in front of me, waiting.  She smiled at me as she looked at me through her thick glasses.  I smiled back.  I normally start a conversation, but I feel dumbstruck.  Without saying anything, her white sari spoke in her behalf:

Behold the woman.  Here is she who followed Christ in His poverty, in His simplicity, in His care for the sick and the scums of the world.

I saw not anymore a sister of the Missionaries of Charity, but Mother Teresa herself, that old Albanian woman who left her country to take care of the dying beggars of Calcutta.  What did Mother Teresa say?

You must understand that this is Jesus. We are cleaning the wounds of the Lord.  If we didn’t believe this — that this is the body of Christ — we could never do it. No money could make us do it. I wouldn’t ask these fine young women to take on a life like this. We are not social workers. We are seeing and touching the heart of Christ — twenty-four hours a day.”  (The Passionists)

I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? (Fallible Blogma)

Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand. (Homiletic and Pastoral Review)

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About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

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