One of the real surprises of my life happened one morning in Rome, when I was invited to attend Pope John Paul II’s private Mass along with some of Mother Teresa’s sisters. After Mass, the pope began to greet each one of us. That is when I realized Mother Teresa was among the sisters there.

I had known Pope John Paul II from previous meetings, but he nevertheless astonished me by calling out in front of everybody, “Ralph Martin, I want to introduce you to Mother Teresa.” You can see the introduction happening in this photo!

And now? St. John Paul II pray for us! St. Mother Teresa, pray for us!