How Has Mother Teresa Inspired You?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

So what about Mother Teresa's "crisis of faith"?

Ever since an August 2007 Time magazine provocatively titled "Mother Teresa's Crisis of Faith", many people have had lingering questions about whether Mother Teresa was really a saint, or worse, if she was some sort of hypocrite. The magazine article looked at what was then a new book, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light - The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta (Doubleday, $22.95), a collection of previously unpublished letters by Mother Teresa.

That makes for good journalistic sensationalism, but the real story is a lot more complex — and interesting.

Here are a couple of links to stories that will help you get beyond the hype to the true story:

— Paul Thigpen, editor of The Catholic Answer magazine, gives an overview here.

— The editor of Mother Teresa's letters, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, who also serves as the postulator for her canonization cause, told OSV in our Sept. 23, 2007 issue how she was being misunderstood, and even said she should be the patron saint of unbelievers.

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