Image Author 101: Mother Teresa

This month in our Image Author 101 series, we’re featuring Mother Teresa.

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu–born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia to an Albanian family –is better known to the world as Mother Teresa. As a young girl, she attended a convent-run primary school and sang in the local Sacred Heart choir. At the young age of 12 years old, Mother Teresa strongly felt God calling to her to become a missionary and spread the Gospel and the love of God.

At 18, she left her home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto of Dublin. In Dublin,  she decided to take the name Mary Teresa after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. After completing her training in Ireland, Mother Teresa went on a mission in Darjeeling, India. There in 1931 she took her vows as a nun. In 1937 she took her final profession of vows and according to custom for the Loreto nuns, she took the title of “mother” making her Mother Teresa.

For the next 17 years she taught geography and history and served as the principal at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta, India. While teaching, Mother Teresa was moved by the extreme suffering and poverty she witnessed in Calcutta, and in 1948 she left her position at the school to work in the slums. With little aid, she set out to help the poor, sick, outcast, and dying by opening an outdoor school and converting a government building into a home for the destitute and dying.

In October of 1950, Mother Teresa received permission to start her own order, “The Missionaries of Charity.” The chief goal of those who were part of the Missionaries of Charity was to love and care for people who had no one else to help or care for them. After receiving a Decree of Praise from Pope Paul VI, The Missionaries of Charity grew in numbers of volunteers, funds, and influence – all to help the least fortunate.

Mother Teresa’s extraordinary and tireless work has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with the poor and “in bringing help to suffering humanity.”

Mother Teresa’s health deteriorated for several years, with problems stemming from her heart, lungs, and kidneys. She died on September 5, 1997 at the age of 87.  Since her death 17 years ago, Mother Teresa has remained an inspiration and an exemplar of compassion. In 2003, she was beatified, the third step toward possible sainthood, giving her the title “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.” Her legacy and her teaching live on through the Missionaries of Charity and through her books, including the New York Times best-seller Come Be My Light.

Read a sample from Come Be My Light here.

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Image Summer Reading List

At Image, we meet a lot of great books that challenge and encourage us. From books about the pillars of the faith to accounts of Catholicism’s most intriguing figures in history, we have put together a list of some of our favorites that will satisfy your craving for books this summer.

Explore the list below for your own To-Read list. Click the covers for more information.










Image Author 101: Cardinal Dolan

This month in our Image Author 101 series, we’re featuring Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 6, 1950. The eldest of five children, he has two sisters and two brothers. His family attended the Holy Infant Roman Catholic Church in Ballwin, a suburb of St. Louis, during his upbringing and he has said that he can’t remember a time he didn’t want to be a priest. He followed his calling and entered Saint Louis Preparatory Seminary in Shrewsbury, Missouri in 1964, and later obtained a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College. Cardinal John Carberry sent him to Rome to further his studies at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, from which he earned the degree of Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1976. He was ordained a priest on June 19, 1976.

Dolan is now the tenth and current Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, which serves over 2.5 million Roman Catholics. He was appointed to the position by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 and had previously served as Archbishop of Milwaukee and Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis. He was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2010, succeeding Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. On January 6, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced that Cardinal Dolan was to be appointed to the College of Cardinals. He was elevated in the Consistory of February 18, 2012.

Dolan is well-known on a national and international scale for his conservative values and charismatic media personality. He was highly involved in the 2012 “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign and was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” that same year. He garnered a lot of attention as a candidate for the papacy after Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, but maintained all along that he didn’t expect to be elected. The amount of support he had speaks to his incredible popularity and importance within the Catholic Church.

Did you know…

  • He’s a die-hard Milwaukee Brewers fan?
  • One of his brothers is a former radio talk-show host?
  • He played “priest,” pretending to minster Mass as a child?
  • His doctorate thesis centered on former Archbishop Edwin Vincent O’Hara?
  • He once wore a “cheesehead” hat in tribute to the Green Bay Packers during a homily at an outdoor Mass?

In his free time, Cardinal Dolan likes to read and take walks… and write books with Image! Cardinal Dolan is a prolific writer and has published three books with us.

Vatican correspondent John L. Allen, Jr. conducted a series of lengthy exclusive interviews with Cardinal Dolan, and then compiled them into a book entitled A People of Hope. These interviews address the challenges facing the Catholic Church today and Cardinal Dolan’s view of the present and future of Catholicism. John Allen draws out a picture of future trends by exploring where Dolan wants to lead, and how a Church that increasingly bears his imprint will look and feel. Allen frames his questions in a way that allows Dolan to expand on the topic himself as much as possible. The result is a book more “with” Dolan than a book “about” him – one that lets his personality, voice, and opinion shine through more than anything else. More information |Excerpt

Cardinal Dolan published the short e-book, True Freedom, in light of the 2012 “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign. Here, he explains the need for all Americans to embrace a new culture rooted in what Blessed John Paul II called the Gospel of Life – where the sacredness of all human life, and the freedoms that are their birthright, are upheld, respected and protected by law. Dolan issues a plea for all citizens to reject the cynicism of the day and foster a culture in which religious freedom and all human life are infinitely valued. More information |Excerpt | Author Q&A

Praying in Rome is Cardinal Dolan’s most recent published work with Image. This e-book original addresses Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, his final days in the Vatican, the Conclave, and the excitement and joy of the election of Pope Francis – all from the eyes of Cardinal Dolan. More information |Excerpt


This month we’re giving away 5 copies of A People of Hope. Simply fill out the form below for a chance to win! One entry per person, please.

VIDEO: Patrick Madrid on Why Be Catholic?

The popular blogger and publisher of Envoy magazine offers 10 key reasons why he loves being Catholic (and you should too). Drawing heavily on poignant anecdotes from his own experience as a life-long Catholic born in 1960s, Madrid offers readers a way of looking at the Church—its members, teachings, customs, and history—from perspectives many may have never considered.

Read chapter one of Why Be Catholic? by clicking here.

Fortnight for Freedom Reading Essentials: Books About Religious Freedom

The USCCB has issued a call for a Fortnight for Freedom in celebration of the many rights that American citizens enjoy and to patriotically pray for our nation and the current challenges facing religious freedoms in the US. As part of that effort, we’ve assembled this list of books on the subjects of religious freedom and faith and politics from some of the most respected Catholic voices in America.


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Born out of a speech celebrating the 1,700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, in which emperors Constantine I and Licinius granted Christians legal rights, this book by Cardinal Angelo Scola gives attention to the crisis of religious freedom in the twenty-first century. Let’s Not Forget God outlines how Christianity has been at the center of creating a pluralistic society, from the Roman Empire in 313 to the American Revolution in 1776. This bold vision of freedom brings religion into the realm of public debate without allowing the state to banish or control it.

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eBook Exclusives: The following titles are important messages from prominent Catholic leaders and are available only as eBooks at a very low price:

True Freedom by Timothy Dolan

99 Cent eBook Original

Are American liberties on the endangered species list? In this eBook original, the Archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issues a plea for all citizens to reject the cynicism of the day and foster a culture in which religious freedom and all human life are infinitely valued.

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A Heart on Fire Charles J. Chaput

99 Cent eBook Original

In this eBook original, Charles J. Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, offers a powerful manifesto on the need for Americans to protect religious freedom. By thoughtfully interpreting and applying Catholic values to this confusing moment in history, he provides hope for an American audience hungry for courage and counsel.

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Proclaim Liberty by Carl Anderson$2.99 eBook Original
In this ebook, comprised of three talks Carl Anderson gave between April and August 2012, the author argues that all people of faith ought to approach politics in an effort to transform the divisiveness and hostility in today’s political arena into a society in which every person is respected and valued—a society that Pope John Paul II has called a “Civilization of Love.”

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On Heaven and Earth by Pope Francis A conversation between Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, and prominent Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka that brings remarkable insight to subjects such as politics, abortion, religious freedom, and the intersection of faith and the public arena.

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Why Catholicism Matters by Bill Donohue

One of the most visible representatives of the Catholic Church in the United States shows how the Church is far from being an ossified carry-over tradition from antiquity. Why Catholicism Matters celebrates the significant contribution the Church makes in many aspects of today’s world and applies its wisdom to issues on a personal, national, and global scale.

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God in Action by Cardinal George

In this bracing manifesto, His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, one of the leading Catholic intellectuals in America today, provides refreshing insight into the intersection of faith and the public sphere. Finding both challenges and reasons for hope, he lays out a vision for national life that respects natural law, human dignity, and the essential ways religion uniquely contributes to the common good.

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Render Unto Caesar by Charles ChaputFew topics in recent years have ignited as much public debate as the balance between religion and politics. Does religious thought have any place in political discourse? Do religious believers have the right to turn their values into political action? What does it truly mean to have a separation of church and state? The very heart of these important questions is here addressed by one of the leading voices on the topic, Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

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A People of Hope by John AllenOne of the world’s most respected religion journalists profiles New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, one of the country’s—and possibly the world’s—most important Catholic leaders through lengthy exclusive interviews. Hear Dolan’s thoughts on many issues including religious freedom and political involvement.

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Beyond a House Divided by Carl AndersonFrom health care, to the role of religion in America, to abortion, to the importance of traditional ethics in business and society, Anderson uses fresh polling data and keen insight in Beyond a House Divided to show that a surprising consensus has emerged despite these debates. He sheds light on what’s been missing in the public and political debates of the last several years: the consensus that isn’t hard to find if you know where to look.

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The Right to be Wrong by Kevin HassonIn the running debate we call the “culture wars,” there exists a great feud over religious diversity. One side demands that only their true religion be allowed in the public square; the other insists that no religions ever belong there. The Right to Be Wrong offers a solution, drawing its lessons from a series of stories–both contemporary and historical–that illustrates the struggle to define religious freedom.

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