The Rockford Files

Incalculable Rewards

        Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal
of your mind, that you may discern
what is the will of God, what is
good and pleasing and perfect.

—Romans 12:2

While Mother Teresa was still alive, few who knew of her doubted that she would eventually be inducted into the canon of saints of the Catholic Church.  The reality of her sanctity was self-evident in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy that she and her Missionaries of Charity, the religious order that she founded in 1950, performed among “the poorest of the poor” in Calcutta.  The “controversies” in which she found herself embroiled while she was alive were themselves a symbol of her sanctity, because they arose entirely from her prophetic willingness to speak truth to power, particularly in defending the unborn when awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize and at the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast, where President Bill Clinton and his wife remained seated while the rest of those in attendance gave the diminutive 84-year-old nun a standing ovation for a full five minutes.

Nineteen years after her death at the age of 87, Mother Teresa has in fact been elevated to the canon of the saints by Pope Francis, but by no means without controversy.  Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is vying for the presidency of the...

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