CHILE, Octavio Galarce •
Looking at the official picture of Mother Teresa published before her canonization in Rome, many people noticed the Unity Cross on the rosary she is holding in her right hand. We reproduce the account by Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, who has on several occasions explained the details of this:
The memory of the conversation with Mother Teresa of Kolkata about the Unity Cross remains engraved perfectly in my memory.
(When I worked in Rome) she attended the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life to speak about a new Institute of priests she was founding. Their centre would be in Tijuana, Mexico. This would be their Kolkata (many people from Central America and Mexico flocked to this town after having left their homes and sold everything they had to cross over the border into the United States. They were unsuccessful and succumbed to immense poverty).
When she greeted me and saw my pectoral cross, which is a copy of the Unity Cross, she slightly lifted the jacket she was wearing over her sari and showed me a small Unity Cross that she always carried with her. (She didn’t say anything about the origin of the cross she carried). She added: “Here is the Mother of God together with the poorest of the poor.” As she said goodbye, she asked me if I could get 3,000 crosses because she wanted every Sister of Mercy to have her own. I wanted to give them this gift. I found enough donors and we bought them in Mexico. I sent them to her.
Source: Vínculo Magazine, Chile, October 2016
Original: Spanish. Translation: Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Cape Town, South Africa
Where to get the Unity Cross?
Ask at the Schoenstatt Shrines…
Also: Soprani, Rome and online HERE