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Overview This intimate portrait, drawn by a woman who worked with Mother Teresa and was encouraged to write about the experience, uses primary sources and personal anecdotes to bring the real Mother Teresa to vivid life.
Publishers Description "Spending time with Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity enriched my life, and I want to share Mother's warm spirit, wisdom and unconditional love. Mother said, 'If God calls you into the street, go into the street with a smile, but don't go unless he calls you. If he calls you into a palace, go there with a smile.'"--From the Introduction The life of Mother Teresa and the work of her Missionaries of Charity have inspired millions. This intimate portrait, drawn by a woman who worked with Mother Teresa and was encouraged to write about the experience, uses primary sources and personal anecdotes to bring the real Mother Teresa to vivid life. In relating her own stories about Mother Teresa, Maryanne Raphael illustrates the life-changing potential of Mother's insight and wisdom. More than mere biography, "What Mother Teresa Taught Me" is an engaging primer on living a more Christian life.
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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 17, 2008
Publisher ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN 0867168102 ISBN13 9780867168105
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More About Maryanne Raphael
The oldest of ten children, she grew up in the small Appalachian village of Waverly, Ohio (named for Sir Walter Scott's WAVERLY NOVELS.) She was constantly writing plays for all of her siblings to perform. Her first rejection slip (from St. Anthony's Messenger) arrived when she was five years old. She had talked her grandfather into typing and mailing her story, Pray for the Wanderer. He told her a rejection slip proved she was a writer. She had written something and sent it out. That was all she had to do to be a writer. Twenty-five years later, she sold a revised version of that original short story to Catholic Digest. At Ohio University where she majored in Creative Writing and Romance Languages, she was editor of Sphere, the literary magazine.. When she graduated, she won a scholarship to the Sorbonne in Paris. Her auto-biographical novel, UNE ANNEE A PARIS won first place from the Alliance Francaise. After France, she went to the Caribbean where she met and married Lennox Raphael, a Trinidadian writer. They traveled together through four continents.. Their son Raphael was born in New York City. Maryanne taught at Ohio University, the New School for Social Research in New York City, and at the University of Hawaii. She was an editor at Prentice Hall and Woman's Day Magazine. Her first book RUNAWAYS, AMERICA'S LOST YOUTH (co-author Jenifer Wolf) (Preface Anais Nin) was republished by Authors Guild BACKINPRINT. She became a Co-Worker of Mother Teresa's and published MOTHER TERESA, CALLED TO LOVE. Then she published THE MAN WHO LOVED FUNERALS, ALEXANDRIA (co-author Patricia Walden), ALONG CAME A SPIDER, A PERSONAL LOOK AT MADNESS and ANAIS NIN, THE VOYAGE WITHIN. Maryanne and Lennox wrote GARDEN OF HOPE, Autobiography of a Marriage, beginning it when they were a loving couple and finishing it after their divorce. Their son Raphael wrote the introduction. The book won first place as an unpublished memoir at the San Diego Awards ceremony. What Mother Teresa Taught Me was published in September 2007 by St. Anthony's Messenger Press, the company that gave her her first rejection slip.
Maryanne Raphael currently resides in Carlsbad, in the state of California.
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Highly readable story Mar 10, 2008
This excellent book was conceived in 1979 when Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize. At the time Maryanne Raphael was teaching high school social studies classes about India. Her students were so interested in "Mother" that Raphael decided to write a book about her for young people. Over the next few years, Raphael conducted extensive research, shifted to writing for adult audiences, and joined the Coworkers, an international group of lay people officially connected to Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
As she became more deeply involved, Raphael worked alongside the Missionaries of Charity and Mother Teresa, who gave her blessing to the book project. The result is a highly readable story based on memories and anecdotes from those who knew Mother Teresa throughout her life. The first part is devoted to Mother's theology, philosophy, and devotion to Jesus as he is found in the poor. It includes her answer to critics, her abject fear of speaking in public, and her sense of humor. The second part describes Raphael's mission as a Coworker, which began in her home parish. The author and other volunteers found the same kind of miracles while serving the poor in the Midwestern U.S. as Mother and her Missionaries of Charity witnessed around the globe. They are based on the many things Mother Teresa has taught all of us, such as:
* You can find Calcutta all over the world if you have eyes to see. Begin in your own home, your own neighborhood. * The first thing to do in an emergency is pray. * The poor have enough sorrow. We must bring them joy. * Never worry about money. God gives us enough money for anything he wants us to do. * We don't have to feel the emotion of love to live it. * See your would-be enemy as Jesus in his most distressing disguise. * A smile is the beginning of peace.
Quality Work Mar 8, 2008
I found this book so interesting. The author had worked with Mother Teresa & knew some of her co-workers so she had great insight. It is written in such an easy going manner & I learned so much about Mother Teresa & her works & life. After telling about Mother Teresa's life,she then tells the things she learned from knowing her. It changed her life for the better.