Item description for Mother Teresa's Secret Fire: The Encounter That Changed Her Life, and How It Can Transform Your Own by Joseph Langford...
Overview Sharing personal stories and revealing insights, the co-founder of Mother Teresa's priests' community reveals the secret source of her passion, spirit, and impact.
Publishers Description Until you know deep inside that Jesus thirsts for you, you can't begin to know who He Wants to be for you. Or who He wants you to be for Him. -- Mother Teresa. The encounter that changed her life and how it can transform your own. --Whatever you thought you knew about Mother Teresa and her life is incomplete. --Mother Teresa's Secret Fire is the rest -- and the best -- of the story. It offers penetrating, new insights into the depths of her faith and witness. --What was it in her that touched so many so deeply? How do we account for her universal impact -- on Christians and non-Christians alike. --How did she accomplish so much with no extraordinary talents or qualifications? This timely and captivating work by the co-founder of her priests' community fulfills his promise to reveal what Mother Teresa herself considered the heart of her message. Gain unprecedented insight into Mother Teresa's source of passion, spirit, and perseverance, and let her message put your love into into living action The world today is hungry not only for bread, but hungry for love, hungry to be wanted, to be loved. -- Mother Teresa
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Studio: Our Sunday Visitor
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.16" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.91" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 14, 2008
Publisher OUR SUNDAY VISITOR #1214
ISBN 159276309X ISBN13 9781592763092
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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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Comments from a Catholic teaching perspective... Nov 26, 2008
The key points of Mother Teresa's spirituality are summed up in chapters 8 and 9, while the rest of the book seems to be a commentary on them. Mother Teresa, like other saints of her time such as St. Faustina, directs our gaze away from our miserable selves, and fixes it on God - a loving, merciful God Who is infinitely thirsting for our love in return. This book, by one of the priests of her order, contains a message of hope for all those who are bowed down by their own sin or by the abuse of others. Indeed we can all benefit by pondering this message continually.
One point of doctrine, as far as I can tell, is contradicted in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as other saints, and in Tradition: "...the Father loves all mankind with the same love, the same magnitude and the same intensity, with which he loves his divine Son." (p. 92) Certainly, our Lord has chosen souls upon whom He lavishes His love and graces more than others, and this through no prior merit of their own. Perhaps the author's words have some other meaning, that I missed, which can be reconciled with this truth.
Other sentences need qualification, such as: "We need not beg God to bless, to forgive, or to lift us up after a fall." (p. 101) By this we must understand that God is longing to forgive us, not that we ourselves have no need of repentance.
Fr. Langford points out that Mother Teresa had an incredible gift, which was the ability to appreciate the innate and immutable dignity in each person she met, and to bring conversion and spiritual healing by communicating the love of God to those whose lives she touched. Though she preached verbally in her public addresses, these words took effect in the hearers only because she preached daily without words, by bearing the personal and unmerited love of God to those whom she encountered. Would that all Christians did the same.
more than just a biography Nov 9, 2008
I have always been fascinated with Mother Teresa's life. And what a great book to help me understand what events that might have took her life to effect her to take this particular path. I am a spiritual seeker, no longer religious, and found that this book gave me an unbiased recount of the pivotal events and time line. I have to say the religious background of the author was not a hindrance and in fact helped to explain some of the procedures and routines that any nun in that time would have had to follow. Hence, it makes what MT did was truly astounding in her time. In fact, even in today's time it is till truly outstanding. I loved the flow of the narrative and I highly recommend this book to learn about the time and life of MT and how she was able to see the connection of our souls with one and another and religion plays very little to help us see that; if not divide us most of the time.
Sheds Light Nov 2, 2008
I have read many books about Mother Teresa and for me, this book is essential for fully understanding this holy soul who is inspiration for the world. Most importantly, Fr. Langford reveals to us the essence of Mother Teresa's mission, which sanctifies believers and unbelievers alike. She, once again, through the gift Fr. Langford has given to us, leads us closer to God. A must read for anyone who desires to know her.
Thank You Oct 29, 2008
Thank You Fr. Langford, for sharing this look into what drove Mother Teresa's mission to serve the poor. Reading the meditation on "I Thirst" captured my spirit, brought me to tears and united me once again with the Lord. How easy it is in this world, to wander away from He who loves us, without reserve..As they say, now I know the Rest of the Story.
You don't know how hard I tried to read this book! Oct 23, 2008
I tried and tried to get reading in this book but unfortunately I just could not get interested enough in it to read a substantial amount of the book after all this time. I really wanted to like it because I thought it would be interesting to read about Mother Teresa's life and how she came to be the person she was but this book didn't do it for me. It seemed to drag on forever and it repeated itself continuously (although being a preliminary copy this probably be corrected in the final copy). The "encounter" is in the beginning of the book so once I found out this info I kept reading to see what would come of it. After reading about 1/3 of the book it seems that the book has nothing more to give.