Mother Teresa’s Letters

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In life, Mother Teresa was an icon — for believers — of God’s work on Earth. Her ministry to the poor of Calcutta was a world-renowned symbol of religious compassion. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In a rare interview in 1986, Mother Teresa told CBS News she had a calling, based on unquestioned faith.

“They are all children of God, loved and created by the same heart of God,” she said.

But now, it has emerged that Mother Teresa was so doubtful of her own faith that she feared being a hypocrite, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips.

In a new book that compiles letters she wrote to friends, superiors and confessors, her doubts are obvious.

Shortly after beginning work in Calcutta’s slums, the spirit left Mother Teresa.

“Where is my faith?” she wrote. “Even deep down… there is nothing but emptiness and darkness… If there be God — please forgive me.”

Eight years later, she was still looking to reclaim her lost faith.

“Such deep longing for God… Repulsed, empty, no faith, no love, no zeal,” she said.

As her fame increased, her faith refused to return. Her smile, she said, was a mask.

“What do I labor for?” she asked in one letter. “If there be no God, there can be no soul. If there be no soul then, Jesus, You also are not true.”

“These are letters that were kept in the archbishop’s house,” the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk told Phillips.

The letters were gathered by Rev. Kolodiejchuk, the priest who’s making the case to the Vatican for Mother Teresa’s proposed sainthood. He said her obvious spiritual torment actually helps her case.

“Now we have this new understanding, this new window into her interior life, and for me this seems to be the most heroic,” said Rev. Kolodiejchuk.

According to her letters, Mother Teresa died with her doubts. She had even stopped praying, she once said.

The church decided to keep her letters, even though one of her dying wishes was that they be destroyed. Perhaps now we know why.

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8 thoughts on “Mother Teresa’s Letters

  1. m’kayla,

    I am glad that you are posting these articles. I think the truth needs to be told even if it is something that we would all rather not be the case. Thank you.

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  2. This is so very sad, isn’t it? She worked so hard in doing something she believed in, or maybe not. She has been venerated as a saint by all denominations and there were so many things that went on behind closed doors in her ministry that if the world would know, they would either not believe it or become so disalluisoned with God.

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    • It is sad. She could have been as misled as many of have been. It’s so important to keep reminding ourselves to not look up to another person. We’re finding out they aren’t who we once believed them to be. It’s hard when that happens.

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  3. That’s sad about liking every article and not this one.There is a great lesson to be learned here. Cause it just goes to show you what a”Sad Day”, it is when one passes on and they never made a point to find the TRUTH. And to receive the “Nobel Prize” means nothing. It’s what our reward from God,that’s what counts. Yes, Mother Teresa’s missed the boat and now time is no more. And she took many more with her. THAT IS SAD. To know the truth and the truth will set you FREE.

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  4. Well, I have my own opinions about the Catholic Church. I believe that since she was part of it, she was already lost. But it is sad to hear that she said she had stopped praying.

    On another note, I was looking at quotes from Mother Theresa one day and noticed that MANY of them had a Hindu flare to them which makes sense because of her location. Unfortunately, just the lies of Mother Theresa are shown here and not those of the whole Catholic Church.

    Thank you for posting this, it was a very interesting read and the first time I had ever read anything about this!

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