Matthew R. Perry

Mother Teresa’s “Crisis of Faith”

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2007 at 2:01 pm

08-25-2007n1a_25teresagk027e6ei1.jpgReformation 21 recently blogged about “Mother Teresa’s Redemption” and her spiritual walk toward the end of her life. Instead of this being filled with great spiritual ecstasies, we find the polar opposite:

By now, many will have heard about the recent revelations concerning Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s crisis of faith. The book version is now out, containing her private correspondence with her spiritual mentors, titled Come Be My Light.
The caption quote to the TIME magazine article sums up Mother Teresa’s
spiritual testimony over the last 66 years of her life: “Jesus has a
very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is
so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear.”

Mother Teresa would have been classified as a mystic, who based her spiritual walk on subjective experiences. Although here incredible philanthropic work has few parallels in our modern day, we do see a troubled individual searching.

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  1. Mother Teresa serves as an inspiration for peole who do difficult work and question their choices. When you really believe that what you’re doing can’t possibly be making a difference, it’s difficult to remember that you’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do and that it will, eventually, make a difference to someone. When working with my kids, most of them unwed teenage mothers or convicted teenage felons, it is sometimes difficult to remember that unconditional love is just that – unconditional. Mother Teresa’s crisis of faith serves as a reminder that even the best among us question their motives, their faith, their determination, and their path. I try to remember that, particularly when I’m spending hundreds of dollars of my own mone to buy books, paper, pencils, and pens for students who cannot afford them so that they have the same opportunities for an education as I did.

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