There is a beautiful story about Mother Teresa who lived out her Christian vocation faithfully and became the face of Christ to those whom she served. A British Journalist, Malcolm Muggeridge, was writing a book on Mother Teresa entitled, “Something beautiful for God.” One day, as Muggeridge and his film crew were filming the nuns picking up the dying from the streets and bringing them a home for the dying, he wrote:
“This Home for the Dying is dimly lit by small windows high up in the walls, and Ken was adamant that filming was quite impossible there. We had only one small light with us, and to get the place adequately lighted in the time at our disposal was quite impossible. It was decided that, nonetheless, Ken should have a go, but by way of insurance we took, as well, some film in an outside courtyard where some of the inmates were sitting in the sun. In the processed film, the part taken inside was bathed in a particularly beautiful soft light, whereas the part taken outside was rather dim and confused…Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying is overflowing with love, as one senses immediately on entering it. This love is luminous, like the halos artists have seen and made visible round the heads of the saints. I find it not at all surprising that the luminosity should register on a photographic film (p.41-44).”
Although Malcom Muggeridge was not Catholic at the time, he converted to Catholicism eleven years later. His having met Mother Teresa in person was largely responsible for his conversion. As we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, let us, like Mother Teresa, allow ourselves to be transformed by the Eucharist and become the source of Good News of God’s unfailing and undying love for others, in order that they may be transformed through us.