In December 1982, Monica Mosmondor was born in the Canberra Hospital, 3 months premature. Weighing only 500grams. The doctors said she was going to be Blind, Deaf or Brain Damaged. Spending 6 months in the humidity bed, the doctors didn't think she was going to survive the night.
Monica coming from a Croatian background, had lots of love and support, and received special prayers to her. It was a difficult and stressful time for her parents, Vlad and Lilian to go through.
Her family came in contact with Fr Ante Gabric, and donated clothes for the poor to be sent back to India with him. Fr Ante Gabric then told Mother Teresa about Monica and to pray for her and her family.
Bellow is a signed note from Saint Teresa, written in Croatian to Monica and her mother Lilian.
It reads, "God bless you both" Mother Teresa. With Mother Teresa's prayers the family feel it had made a big impact in their lives at that time.
On the 4th September 2016, Mother Teresa had become a saint in Rome, with the help of Pope Francis. It is one historical event to see a great person like Mother Teresa becoming a Saint. She is one truly special woman. Saint Teresa is a Saint for everyone, someone who is real, with true compassion to god, and for others.
Mother Teresa and Croatians
The name of Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian, born in Skopje in Macedonia), Nobel prize winner for peace 1979, is deeply related to Croatia. The Croatian Jesuits had a great role in her spiritual development. Indeed, Fr. Franjo Jambrekovic, a Croatian Jesuit and parish priest at Skopje, had a profound influence on Mother Teresa during her childhood. As her spiritual Father, he fostered her vocation. She continued to carry on correspondence with him when she lived in India. She also nurtured a deep friendship with Fr. Ante Gabric in India, and talked to him in Croatian.
Mother Teresa and father Ante Gabric SJ
Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997), born Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship] who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.
father Ante Gabric SJ and Monica Shanahan (Mosmondor)
Father Ante Garbric and Monica Shanahan (Mosmondor). Yarralumla, Canberra 1986. He was very much related to Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata while she was alive and they worked hand in hand and shared a lot about mission works and he had requested for more sisters for Evagelization too. Mother Teresa used to tell her sisters that "Fr. Gabric is a holy man for God and humanity". These very words echo in the minds of the people of all religions, that is Hindus, Muslims and Christians. After Mother Teresa it is Fr. Gabric one who looked after the Sundarban people i.e. to feed the hungry, to clothe the clotheless, to give land to the landless and home for the homeless. Praying with the people was his main apostolate, even in public gatherings if the Angelus Bell rings he would immediately kneel down and say the Angelus. People have experienced his simplicity and his holiness in their day-to-day life.
Mother Teresa has been made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, 19 years after her death.
The ceremony to proclaim the Nobel peace prize laureate, who is recognised globally for her work with poor people in the slums of Kolkata in India, drew 100,000 pilgrims from around the world to St Peter's Square in Vatican City.
"For the honour of the Blessed Trinity … we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Kolkata to be a saint and we enrol her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church," Pope Francis, who presided over the ceremony, said in Latin.
Photo: Pope Francis led the mass of 100,000 people. (AFP: Andreas Solaro) The pontiff said that even though the nun had been declared a saint, she would always be Mother Teresa to the Catholic family.
Echoing his own vision of a "poor church for the poor", Pope Francis described Mother Teresa's work as "eloquent witness to God's closeness to the poorest of the poor".
"Mother Teresa loved to say, 'perhaps I don't speak their language but I can smile'," he said.
"Let us carry her smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey, especially those who suffer." Pope Francis also used his sermon to recall Mother Teresa's fervent opposition to abortion, which she termed "murder by the mother" in a controversial Nobel Peace prize speech in 1979.
Millions of Catholics revere her as a model of compassion, and the Vatican could easily have issued double the number of tickets but for space and security restrictions.
Helicopters had earlier buzzed over the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, testifying to the huge but relatively discreet security operation under way. Around 3,000 officers were on duty to ensure the day passed off peacefully. Among the assembled crowd were 1,500 poor people looked after by the Italian branches of Teresa's order, the Missionaries of Charity. After the mass they attended a giant pizza lunch at the Vatican as Francis's guests, served by 250 sisters and 50 male members of the order. St Peter's Basilica was bathed in sunlight for the occasion and decked out with a tapestry of the late nun in her trademark blue-hemmed white robes.