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Overview Looks at Mother Teresa's close relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary and shows readers how to use the example of Mother Teresa to call on the power of Our Lady to find the courage to meet the personal challenges.
Publishers Description ""Stay very close to Our Lady. If you do this, you can do great things for God and the good of people."" -- Mother Teresa of Calcutta
As it was for Mother Teresa, so it can be for the rest of us. By standing close to Our Lady we can find the grace and courage to overcome our own personal trials and crosses. Summon the same powerful presence and aid of Our Lady by following the example of Mother Teresa.
""Sitting with Mother Teresa, watching her tend to the sick and the dying, feeling the aura of holiness around her person, seeing her bent in prayer, lost in God -- how often I asked myself if I was not seeing something of Our Lady, experiencing a glimpse of the Virgin of Nazareth."" -- Joseph Langford, MC, author and co-founder of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers
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Studio: Our Sunday Visitor
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher OUR SUNDAY VISITOR #1214
ISBN 1592764215 ISBN13 9781592764211
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More About Joseph Langford
Joseph Langford is co-founder with Mother Teresa of her community of priests, the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, based in Tijuana, Mexico. He finished his philosophical and theological studies summa cum laude at the Angelicum in Rome ??? where he came to know Mother Teresa in the years before beginning the priests' community.
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The Bright Side of Mother Teresa's Shadow Side Apr 5, 2008
Blessed Mother Teresa reminds me of a diamond. This multi-faceted saint shows a new side of herself each time her life is examined by a biographer. A recent publication of her confessions brought to light the darkness that she faced each day. Some questioned her faith and her possible sainthood. Joseph Langford, MC, allows us a peak through his jeweler's loupe as he scrutinizes Mother Teresa. He places this "dark night" in a new setting. His book, Mother Teresa: In the Shadow of Our Lady, illuminates the beautiful relationship Teresa had with the Blessed Mother, "the woman clothed with the sun."
An acquaintance for 30 years, Langford was invited to be the co-founder of her priests' community, the Missionaries of Charity Fathers. He recalls that "It was over many years, through love and labor, that she [Teresa] was forged by a divine process into an embodiment of Mary in our midst."
The book is tiny, and as Mother Teresa proved, you don't have to be big to make an impact. Ultimately, this book is a call to bring Mary back into our lives as a daily presence just as Mother Teresa did. Langford says of Teresa, she "became for me the one book on Our Lady that I could never put down, one that continues to teach me, to fascinate me, to draw me beyond myself into God."
Langford explains the foreshadowing of Our Lady in the Old Testament. He gives us easy access to Mary, portrayed as Wisdom, by providing passages in his book. No excuses for procrastination allowed. His suggestion is that we "listen to her - to give her the chance to speak in our soul and to guide us, to become our `life coach' as she did for Juan Diego and for Mother Teresa."
Mother Teresa felt a deep connection to Juan Diego. Langford reminds us both of them were very simple, ordinary people. According to him, they possessed four "important attitudes of soul necessary for Our Lady to intervene in our lives." These are humility, trust, humble obedience, and contemplation. Mary calls us all to be saints. He says we must turn to her for help and allow her Son's precise hands to make the cuts necessary to bring out our clarity and brilliance. We are all diamonds in the rough with the potential of a Mother Teresa.
Mother Theresa: In the Shadow fo Our Lady Feb 13, 2008
I bought this bbok as an after thought to take advantage of special savings. The book quickly became a devotional. It spiritually provides a guide for how to become closer to Jesus through a deepend relationship with Mary.
Quite a wonderful book Dec 15, 2007
Mother Teresa: In the Shadow of Our Lady is a new book by Fr. Joseph Langford, MC who was a co-founder of the priests community for the Missionaries of Charity. This book put out by Our Sunday Visitor concentrates on Blessed Mother Teresa's devotion to our Blessed Mother. I had never thought much about Mother Teresa in connection with our Blessed Mother other than to think like pretty much all saints that she would have had a fervent devotion to Our Lady. This book goes in depth just how fervent that devotion was and just how much it informed her life and prayer life.
She is of course well known for always carrying a Rosary with her that were often in her hands. For her this was no mere accessory as part of her habit, but evidence of her close connection with Our Lady. She was once asked way she always carried a Rosary in her hand even when it was obvious she was not praying it at time. She responded that it reminds her that she is holding the Our Lady's hand. The term "Our Lady" is what she predominately and simply referred to Mary as. The book describes the vision she had on the train to Darjeeling in 1947 when she first received her "call within a call" to serve the poorest of the poor. Subsequently in 1947 she had a series of vision in three parts that in the visions of Jesus, with Mary at his side, in a crowd of the poor where the poor were reaching out to him. In the third of these visions Mary reached out and supported Mother Teresa and held her outstretched hand reaching out towards Jesus. These visions encapsulated her call and how she lived her life in the fifty years that she lived in the slums of Calcutta.
Fr. Langford throughout the book goes deeper into what Mother Teresa lived and taught those around her about the Blessed Mother. Providentially I came upon the chapter of Mother Teresa devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mother Teresa identified with Saint Juan Diego in his humility and simplicity and to do whatever Our Lady asked him to to. An appendix in the book contains the Nican Mophoua which was originally written in Aztec and relates the story of Juan Diego that was first published in 1649.
I also thought that Father Langford did an excellent job in describing Mother Teresa's spiritual darkness and her great faith that was carved out and deepened by the dark night of the soul.
This is just a wonderful and beautiful book on multiple levels as you read about Blessed Mother Teresa and how she so imaged the Blessed Mother in her life by holding herself within the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There is quite a lot of spiritual nourishment that can be gained by reading this short book of around 114 pages. The book is also quite beautiful on a physical level also. I enjoyed how color was used in the book. A nice Marian blue is used in chapter and subchapter titles along with a page on the Marian Covenant that refers to her duties and our duties. The first page of the book contains a representation of a painting of Mother Teresa's vision in 1947 that is displayed in the house of the Missionary of Charity Fathers in Mexico City along with a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the last page of the book.
Divine intervention? Nov 20, 2007
I was sent this book instead of the book that I ordered. Since I am in the biggest spiritual slump of my life I am guessing that "someone" must think I need the inspiration of Mother Teresa. From what I have read so far, I am very excited to have recieved it.
Mother Teresa: In the Shadow of Our Lady Nov 16, 2007
I have read this book and was so moved by it that this will be my Christmas present to many of my dear friends. Fr. Joseph has a great God-given gift for writing, and also speaking, as I have had the profound opportunity to hear him speak. Father writes this story so well that one almost feels that she is present in all the episodes. He has captured the real Blessed Mother Tetesa, whom I have had the great privilege of meeting, and this book brings back all the joy of meeting both Mother Teresa and Father Langford. It would be very hard to find another Priest who was so close to Mother and Father conveys all the love he has for Mother and Mother Teresa's love for our dear Blessed Mother. Thank you so very much for making this most beautiful book available to the public. P. Extance