“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love”. Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
Today is the Feast of Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Saints are an important part of Catholic teachings. Saints are examples of what a person can achieve through their love of God and striving to do good works.
Unlike the celebration of the living on their birthday, a Saint is celebrated and remembered on the day of their death. So why death and not life? That’s simple – it is on the day of their death that a Saint enters Heaven. Some Saints are celebrated in a small way in their home towns or places of significance, while others are celebrated on a worldly stage within the Church.
The Catholic Church actually has a feast day for each and every canonized saint. The saints are remembered on their feat days with special mention, prayer, reflection and possibly a scripture reading. Typically, the Church only assigns a day other than the day of death when the date of a saint entering Heaven is unknown. Since there are more canonized saints then there are days in a calendar year, often two or more saints share the same feast day. That said, I wanted to honor Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She was a part of my Catholic experience as Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa had a smile that lit up the room because it came from deep within her soul, a soul that dwelt with the Lord from the very beginning. She was a woman of many virtues. A woman who walked with greatness because she walked in His graces.
And yet with all this grace, her sense of true humility was beyond reproach. If there were ever a lost virtue in this world overrun by selfies, it is to be humble.
Just imagine for a moment what this world would be like if we believed a little less in our own importance. Happiness would come more easily. Joy would be felt more deeper. Love would abound. Humility is good for the soul.
Humble Tomato-Pesto Slab Pie
14 oz (1 box) Refrigerated Pie Dough
At least 20 minutes prior to using, remove pie crusts from the refrigerator. Open the box and set the crusts, still wrapped in their packaging, on the counter to come to room temperature.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. On lightly floured surface, unroll and stack crusts one on top of the other. Roll to 17-inch by 12-inch rectangle.
Fit crust into ungreased 15-inch by 10-inch by 1-inch pan, pressing firmly into corners and sides. Fold extra crust underneath and slightly on top edges of pan; poke bottom and sides of crust with fork. Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until light golden brown; remove from oven, and cool 5 minutes.
4 medium Roma Tomatoes
2 tablespoons Fresh Basil Leaves
7 oz refrigerated Basil Pesto
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
While crust is baking, slice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch rounds. Set aside. Chop basil into ribbons for garnish. Set aside.
Spread pesto on partially baked crust. Place tomato slices on top of pesto layer. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until tomatoes are heated through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Before serving, garnish with chopped fresh basil.