Apologies to my regular financial readers, I am indulging my spiritual side this Sunday, my regular Personal Finance discussions will begin again Monday Morning.
Crisis of Faith?
So a very interesting set of writings have been published by the late Mother Teresa which is causing some folks great consternation. The TIME headline on their web site starts with the following quote:
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 to the Rev. Michael Van Der Peet, September 1979
The Rev. Michael van der Peet was Mother Teresa’s spiritual confidant, and he has published a book about Mother Teresa, where he quotes many of these types of letters from Mother Teresa to him. The book is entitled: Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light from Double Day.
These letters show that Mother Teresa had inner doubts about God and Christ while working as “The Saint of the Gutter”. Evidently Catholic scholars are appalled by her lack of faith in God and Christ.
What is amazing is that these scholars think she didn’t have these thoughts. This woman worked tirelessly in places and for people who the world had completely turned their back on, she was a human being. Her works speak volumes about what was in her heart, and her works are truly God’s work on earth, in my humble opinion.
She wrote these letters most likely as a way to cope with the absolute unhappiness and sadness she saw every minute of every day, and people wonder why?
I think this article puts a human face on a woman who before (to me) was a bit of a mystery, and I frankly don’t see what the fuss is about.