The Word Among Us

Lent 2012 Issue

Mother Teresa’s “Spiritual Powerhouse”

Jacqueline de Decker and the Link for Sick and Suffering Co-Workers

By: Kathryn Spink

Mother Teresa’s “Spiritual Powerhouse”: Jacqueline de Decker and the Link for Sick and Suffering Co-Workers by Kathryn Spink

When I met Jacqueline de Decker, the Belgian woman whom Mother Teresa called her “sick and suffering self,” she had her torso encased in a corset and wore a surgical collar round her neck. Even then in 1980, almost thirty years before her death, she was so disabled that she could only drive about her native city of Antwerp in a specially adapted car.

Rotten Little Salmon. Jacqueline was born on May 5, 1913, one of nine children in an aristocratic Catholic household with...

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