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Mother Teresa, from Ken Smith

August 27, 2007 |

NEW YORK (AFP) - Mother Teresa, who is one step short of being made a Catholic saint, suffered crises of faith for most of her life and even doubted God's existence, according to a set of newly published letters.

Probably every saint, and we are all saints if Catholic, all of us have a dark night of the soul, descend into the underground of spirits, feel angst in every molecule of spirit, and some are never able to climb out of the darkness.

To write about this nun as if having doubt makes her less deserving of recognition is part of what goes on in human life, a drive to take away her prestige so others will not follow her saintliness.

David Lamb remarks:

This reminds me of Newton's manuscripts housed in Jerusalem wherein he kept secret all his life of his disbelief in Christianity's central doctrine, the Trinity. He was a minister at the time. He read the bible in numerous languages and concluded that this doctrine was not true. Denying the Trinity was illegal so he kept quiet.

James Lackey writes:

I lived most of my life in Chicagoland and Florida, and after a year in Tennessee, people from NY, CHI or LA have no clue how much of the so called bible belt really is full blown, full time, church-going, non-cussing, non-drinking patriotic Americans.

Many think people From TN, KY, NC, SC, GA, AL and southern Indiana and Illinois are from a different world. Yet people from here, unless they are newsmen or bible-salesmen who preach against society's ills, really don't give much care, thought, time or concern to what people in LA think. The joke around here is: stars from LA talk about the poverty and war in Africa and Iraq. People from here are in Africa doing the mission work for the church or in the 101st Airborne, just back from Iraq.


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  1. Joseph Reeves on August 27, 2007 6:34 pm

    I haven’t read the article in Time, or the letters which discuss Mother Teresa and her long term crisis of faith. I also hope she is not deemed any less worthy of her recognition for her deeds, once these are published. What does intrigue me though is why someone like her keeps this so secretive and puts on such a different public face. I wonder if she could have accomplished what she did anyway (I certainly think so), not in the name of God. Even moreso, in light of this and some recent popular books about atheism, I wonder if we will have an intelligent discussion in this country about what God means, and whether God exists. I highly doubt we will, but I sure would welcome it.

  2. Gene on August 28, 2007 1:20 am

    Exactly. They are doing mission work *for the church*, not for the people. Appears self-interest is the common factor. And I asuppose that in some twisted way, working for the 101st Airborne *is* mission work as well. When did ‘patriotism’ turn into ‘my country and my religion are superior to yours’?

    Gene

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