Local disciple of Mother Teresa speaks on canonization

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SAN DIEGO – The world had its eyes on the Vatican Sunday as Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa, and among those watching closely were residents of  a small convent house in Southcrest that was established 24 years ago by the Catholic nun and missionary herself.

“It was a heavenly experience," said M Fatima MC with the Missionaries of Charity Convent House. "I was thinking, Mother used to say 'I’m a little pencil in God's hand' and this Mother is giving great glory to God through her works of love. So it was a kind of a proclamation to the whole world about to love one another as I have loved you."

Sister Fatima recalls her time being guided by Mother Teresa in Calcutta. She continues her legacy of working and praying with the poor alongside other nuns at the Missionaries of Charity.

“Mother has always taught us little things to do with great love. Maybe a smile, maybe somebody is going through something, say a prayer for that person, or a cup of water or also big things like cleaning the wounds of the people."

Nineteen years after Mother Teresa’s death, Sister Fatima says she, along with others, always knew this day would come.

“We knew it even before. Not only the sisters who are in contact but all kinds of religion -- even the people who did not believe in God -- when they come in contact with Mother, something happens to them because she’s so tender, so loving. Mother is a great saint, a very great saint, but she always said it is God who is working through me.”

Missionaries of Charity can often be seen walking the streets in Southcrest and leading prayers in the community.