Sunday 4th September 2016
Tomorrow, Sunday 4th September, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be officially declared a saint of the Catholic Church.
Fr Francis Baartmans mhm, who for more than 30 years lived and worked among the Dalits of Varanasi, India, is one of several Mill Hill missionaries to have personally met Mother Teresa.
A glimpse of his personal encounter with Mother Teresa:
Mother Teresa of Calcutta came to Varanasi several times. I once met her and asked her: how can I as a man be pregnant? She told me: you are pregnant already with hundreds of children – the children you are taking care of. But Frans continued: how does the Spirit come upon me, how do I meet the divine? Mother Teresa told him: "It happens to you a few times a year. Someone is sent to you, or, you meet someone who puts you with both feet firmly on the ground, in the mud, the misery, the reality of everyday life. Then you will know intuitively: I have to drop everything and attend to this person. This is a divine visitation".
"Yes", Francis said with a smile: "that happens to me". And with a wicked smile to Mother Teresa: "Does it happen to you?"
Fons Eppink mhm