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Mother Teresa and the strawberries

"How many of you remember when Mother Teresa visited this area?" our priest asked, this morning. It's All Saints Day, and various parishioners were dressed up as various saints and telling their stories. We'd just had Mother Teresa, which was what prompted this reminiscence.

A couple of older people raised their hands.

"It was about thirty years ago," the priest went on. "I was a diocesan secretary at the time. Mother Teresa gave me a medal, and I had my picture taken with her. After that we were driving to our next destination, and I could see we were coming up to a farm stand. I asked her if she'd had any strawberries yet. 'No,' she said, 'I haven't.' So I told the driver to stop at the farm stand. Just picture it: state troopers on motorcycles leading the way, and then the stretch limo. It was just a kid, a teen, minding the stand, and here comes this black limo, and out step two bishops, in their robes, and Mother Teresa, looking for strawberries. 'Here, you can have all the strawberries you want!' the kid said. What a story that must have been to tell at the dinner table that night!"

And that is how Mother Teresa came to have strawberries in western Massachusetts.


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queenoftheskies
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
How wonderful!
mnfaure
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I bet that "kid" still tells the story. :P
stormdog
Nov. 1st, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
That's a great story!
dark_phoenix54
Nov. 1st, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
That's brilliant!
wuweibaby
Nov. 2nd, 2015 01:33 am (UTC)
<3 <3 <3
amaebi
Nov. 2nd, 2015 01:43 am (UTC)
How I hope they were Fairfax!
asakiyume
Nov. 3rd, 2015 01:53 pm (UTC)
I wonder!
heliopausa
Nov. 2nd, 2015 12:38 pm (UTC)
Good story.
desmondcoutinho
Nov. 3rd, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC)
It matches Doc Martin's (Little Terese's) death bed anecdote about the chocolate eclair. The boy is my inspiration. First strawberries it is then I could combine the two with some kind of chocolate fondu with added dark toblerone. Not her first meal if she doesn't throw up or hate strawberries (some people do coz of the pips) it will be a good sign. Dreams and hope are for free.
asakiyume
Nov. 3rd, 2015 01:52 pm (UTC)
Heading off to the dentist just now, but I'd love to hear the story of the eclair. My older daughter went for a while to a preschool called the Little Flower after St. Thérèse.

And dreams and hopes are both free and nourishing.
genarti
Nov. 3rd, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
What a great story!
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