There is a varying opinion as to what makes one an avatar. Recently some discussion of this came up at my Temple’s Bhagavad-Gita discussion group. We were talking about how God, if truly coming in the form of an avatar whenever and wherever dharma is lacking, as promised in Chapter 4 of the Gita, must necessarily come not just on Indian soil.
Jesus was put forth as an avatar, and then even Mother Theresa. But then it was pointed out that Mother Theresa was merely a saint, not on the same level as Krishna, or Jesus.
But I say that sainthood was something that was just bestowed upon her by the Catholic Church. It doesn’t mean she was not at least a minor avatar. After all one of the prerequisites of sainthood as decided by the Catholic Church is that at least two miracles must take place with said Saint’s intercession after their death (unless one is martyred, then you’re in already).
Performing miracles, after leaving the physical realm sounds to me like the act of an avatar. If this is the case, then the Catholic Church has avatars represented all over the globe. And Avatardom goes far beyond the constructs of religion. What say you, dear reader?