Mother Teresa by Mother Teresa
Come Be My Light - The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

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This historic work reveals the inner spiritual life of one of the most beloved and important religious figures in history.

During her lifelong service to the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa became an icon of compassion to people of all religions; her extraordinary contributions to the care of the sick, the dying, and thousands of others nobody else was prepared to look after has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world. Little is known, however, about her own spiritual heights or her struggles. This collection of her writing and reflections, almost all of which have never been made public before, sheds light on Mother Teresa's interior life in a way that reveals the depth and intensity of her holiness for the first time.

Compiled and presented by Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., who knew Mother Teresa for twenty years and is the postulator for her cause for sainthood and director of the Mother Teresa Center, MOTHER TERESA brings together letters she wrote to her spiritual advisors over decades. A moving chronicle of her spiritual journey—including moments, indeed years, of utter desolation—these letters reveal the secrets she shared only with her closest confidants. She emerges as a classic mystic whose inner life burned with the fire of charity and whose heart was tested and purified by an intense trial of faith, a true dark night of the soul.

Published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of her death, MOTHER TERESA is an intimate portrait of a woman whose life and work continue to be admired by millions of people.
 

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Born in Skopje in 1910, MOTHER TERESA joined the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin in 1928 and was sent to India, where she began her novitiate. She taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta from 1931 to 1948, until leaving the Loreto order to begin the Missionaries of Charity. Through her sisters, brothers, and priests, her service of the poorest of the poor spread all around the world. She won many awards, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. After her death in 1997, the process for her sainthood was quickly begun and she was beatified in 2003. FR. BRIAN KOLODIEJCHUK, M.C., Ph.D., was born in Winnipeg, Canada. He met Mother Teresa in 1977 and was associated with her until her death in 1997. He joined the Missionaries of Charity Fathers at the time of their foundation in 1984. Fr. Brian is postulator of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and director of the Mother Teresa Center.
 
Published September 4, 2007 by Image. 418 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Finally, after spending more time as a nun than she had spent in the outside world, she left to find her own path and her own way of knowing and loving herself and others.

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Examiner

The book tells of this work and its development, both the order itself as a developing group of religious, but mainly of Mother Teresa's relationship and struggles of spiritual and religious significance in her saintly life and holy connection to Jesus Christ: Letters that cast a light on Christ ...

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Christian Science Monitor

A former nun, after 20 years of work with Mother Teresa, takes an unflinching look at her own experience and desires.

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Dallas News

“On the tray were ten delicately stacked open-faced finger sandwiches, each about an inch and a half square … Mother wouldn’t have asked to eat unless she was really hungry, and now I saw her calculating the division of the ten delicacies among us.” The next day Johnson swipes “two bananas and an...

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Patheos

He believes that the Holy Spirit is Holy Sophia (Divine Wisdom).

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Patheos

When you think back on the life of Mother Teresa, the first words that come to mind might be “Saint of Calcutta’s Slums” or “Caregiver to the Poorest of the Poor,” but, I suspect, that your first association with Mother Teresa is not “Chief Executive Officer” or “CEO.” Nevertheless, Ruma Bose and...

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Huntington News

Hitchens expanded his criticism in a 1995 book, 'The Missionary Position.'" Mary Johnson In its section on criticisms of a woman considered by many to be a living saint during her long life -- and who was beatified by Pope John Paul II after her death -- "Colette Livermore, a former Missionary...

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The New York Review of Books

As John Cornwell pointed out in his book A Thief in the Night, the papal household were far too deferential to the Pope’s instructions not to call for quality medical care even when he was obviously ill.

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The New York Review of Books

Since the letter from Simon Leys [“In Defense of Mother Teresa,” NYR, September 19] is directed at myself rather than at your reviewer, may I usurp the right to reply?

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Spirituality & Practice

Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Mother Teresa's life was a prayer of compassion demonstrated as service of others, especially the weak, the poor, the infirm, and the dying.

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Spirituality & Practice

Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed "There are many people who can do big things but there are very few people who will do the small things" nicely sums up the life and work of Mother Teresa who recently died.

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Spirituality & Practice

Unlike the misleading bestseller A Simple Path by Mother Teresa which presents mostly the thoughts of her co-workers, this volume actually contains her own thoughts.

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Spirituality & Practice

Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed This inspiring book brings us the words of this century's most visible saint.

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Dubious Disciple

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Mother Teresa found in the darkness a “greater identification with the poor,” and in this way, lived out the rest of her life in service.

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Catholic Culture.org

On Christmas Day, the Los Angeles Times published a review of a book by Mary Johnson, a former Missionary of Charity who claimed to have affairs with both nuns and priests before leaving her “ultra-regimented, secretive” religious community.

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The Cresset

Writing to a friend , she expresses her understanding of suffering in a dramatic way: “ Sorrow , suffering , Eileen , is but a kiss of Jesus—a sign that you have come so close to Jesus that He can kiss you.—I think this is the most beautiful definition of suffering ” (281).

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