We Remember Mother Teresa

What we can learn from the “saint of Calcutta”

We Remember Mother Teresa

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In 2007, a new book about Mother Teresa was published, grabbing headlines and causing people around the world to look at her in a completely new light.

Published ten years after her death, on September 5, 1997, the book was called Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta.

In it, Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, a priest-member of the Missionaries of Charity, released a collection of Mother Teresa’s letters and personal writings that showed how she spent the last fifty years of her life in almost total spiritual darkness. It turns out that for decades, this beloved nun who was looked up to as a model of holiness felt nothing but the absence of God in her heart. She felt “as if everything was dead” in her spirit and wondered, “How long will Our Lord stay away?” How could this be?

This was no temporary “dry period” to be resolved by extra prayer, clearer repentance, or a deeper surrender to Jesus. In…

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