September 4th is the day the Vatican has just announced it will canonize Mother Teresa, a former nun known for her compassion for serving those she called "the poorest of the poor."
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha (meaning 'rosebud') Bojaxhiu in Macedonia on August 26th, 1910.
She began her religious journey at the age of 17, when she joined a convent.
Mother Teresa felt a great need to eventually leave the convent to work directly with the impoverished people of India, and around the world.
During her 87 years on this earth, Mother Teresa created the Missionaries of Charity, which had 4,000 sisters by the time of her death, running more than 600 hospices, hospitals, schools, orphanages, and counseling programs in nearly 125 countries.
She also traveled the globe to help starving people and victims of numerous natural disasters.
According to Wikipedia, Mother Teresa organized the rescue of 37 children who were trapped in a hospital during the Siege of Beirut.
She spearheaded a cease-fire between Israeli and Palestinian troops, then, with the help of the Red Cross, risked her life through the war-torn streets to rescue the children.
Despite much criticism for Mother Teresa's stance against divorce, contraception, and abortion, her views never wavered.
She also suffered greatly with doubting her own faith for the last 50 years of her life.
One of Mother Teresa's many letters, many of which were published in a book, reads, "If I ever become a Saint, I will surely be one of 'darkness.' I will continually be absent from Heaven, to light the light of those in darkness on earth."
Mother Teresa died September 5th, 1997.
Along with Mother Teresa, four other Blesseds will also be canonized for their Christian service.
Among them, Jose Sanchez del Rio, who, according to Catholic News Agency, was tortured and killed at the age of 14 during the 1924-1928 anti-Catholic persecution by the Mexican Federal Army.
The boy fought against federal troops with the Cristeros uprising when he was captured.
Sanchez del Rio was martyred after refusing to denouce his faith, crying out, "Long live Christ the King!" after opposing soldiers cut off the soles of his feet and forced him to walk barefoot through the city to the cemetery where he was killed.
CNA reports that the portrayal of Sanchez del Rio was a leading role in the 2013 film “For Greater Glory.”