Statement from Bishop Robert Brom regarding the 2nd class relic (below):
This crucifix together with the miraculous medal and safety pin were given to me by Mother Teresa of Calcutta from her hospital gown in January 1992 while she was hospitalized here in San Diego, and I was the active bishop. She did so to emphasize the point she was making in a visit with me that to be truly Christian we must love Jesus and one another, especially in the distressing disguise of the poor, as he first loves us — “with love ’til it hurts.”
Signed: Robert H. Brom
Bishop Emeritus of San Diego
A sign with the relics states, The Crucifix along with the miraculous medal and safety pin are to be given to : Father Richard Kunst, Diocese of Duluth
NOTE: These 2nd class relics are on loan to the Papal Artifacts’ Collection.
About the Relics of St. Mother Teresa
Both Gifts from Bishop Robert Brom
Father Richard Kunst
I owe Bishop Brom for so much in my life. He accepted me to be a seminarian for the diocese of Duluth back in the 1980s and was a mentor of mine for many years.
Bishop Brom was among the greatest influences of my early life for which I am so grateful. His influence and his generosity still continue to this day with his incredible generosity to this collection. Most recently the 1st class relic of Mother Teresa’s hair, and the second class relic of the cross and miraculous medal from her hospital gown are gifts from him.
They are currently on loan to the papal artifacts’ collection.
Thank you Bishop Brom, and God bless you in your continued ministry!
—Father Richard Kunst
But above all be convinced of Jesus’ tender love for you in and through this present situation and no matter what its outcome is, listen to Jesus speak in your heart.
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was born on August 26th, 1910 in what is now called Skopje, the capital of present day Macedonia. She was the youngest child of an Albanian family whose father died when she was eight years old. After his death, Agnes’ mother raised her as a Roman Catholic. In her youth, Agnes was fascinated by stories of the lives of missionaries, and by the age of twelve she knew she was called to the religious life. She left home at the age of eighteen to join the Sisters of Loreto as a missionary and never saw her mother or sister again. She made solemn vows on May 14th, 1937, taking the name of Teresa. Her work in India was preceded by the need to learn both English and Bengali so that she might serve the needs of the people of Calcutta.
In 1946, Teresa experienced the call within the call when she felt compelled to leave the relative safety of the convent and help the poorest of the poor while living among them. She understood this to be an order.To fail would have been to break the faith. From that point, Teresa began to attract the attention of the Indian officials, including the Prime Minister, who expressed his appreciation of her. Eventually she became known world wide for the work she was doing in India and for the impression she was making in wealthier countries as well.
In 1952 Mother Teresa opened the first Home for the Dying where people received medical attention and the opportunity to die with dignity according to the rituals of their faith. Muslims were read the Quran, Hindus received water from the Ganges, and Catholics received the Last Rites. A beautiful death is for people who lived like animals to die like angels, loved and wanted, she said.