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Overview Mother Teresa; edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C.; read by Sherri Kennedy-Brownrigg and Paul Smith, with Greg Friedman, O.F.M., Kim Wessendarp and Bill Tonnis 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.
Publishers Description During her lifelong service to the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa became an icon of compassion for 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 correspondence, from her early years in religious life through her years as foundress of a new religious community, reveals the inner spiritual life of one of the most beloved and influential religious figures of our time. These writings and reflections, almost all of which made public here for the first time, reveal her struggles and even her sense of abandonment by God. Yet these revelations encourage and strengthen us as they shed light on Mother Teresa's interior life in a way that shows the depth and intensity of her faith and holiness. Published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of her death, COME BE MY LIGHT is an intimate portrait of a woman whose life and work continue to be admired by millions of people. Unabridged audiobook. Ten compact discs / 13 hours (approx.)
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Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Running Time: 750.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.79" Width: 6.46" Height: 1.09" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jul 9, 2008
Publisher Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN 0867168803 ISBN13 9780867168808
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More About Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Brian Kolodiejchuk & Sherri Kennedy-Brownrigg
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.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born in 1910 and died in 1997.
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Dark Night of the Soul May 17, 2008
Saint John of the Cross initiated the term 'Dark Night of the Soul.' It essentially refers to an arrid period in our spiritual journey - one whereby we feel somewhat abandoned by God. God is always there however; we just feel as though He has left us to our own devices.
Many of the great saints and mystics experienced this dark night and Blessed Mother Teresa was no exception. She has been unfairly criticized by many, especially some media sources. They paint a picture of someone who actually did not believe but simply went through the motions - a kind of faith facade. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read this book and see for yourself what she really experienced and how she managed to overcome her anxieties. The Lord Whom she loved and served saw her through it all until the end.
One has to ask themselves logically why a woman of her age and length of service to humanity years would even go into the areas she did. What drives someone to leave a relatively comfortable life and embark into areas totally foreign to them being subject to all manner of inconvenience and potential dangers? Why would anyone ever 'volunteer' for such work as Mother Teresa chose picking up and carrying maggot-infested people from the gutters and taking them to a shelter, albeit a warehouse she was able to obtain, and clean the maggots from them, give them food and drink, comfort and assurance so they could die with dignity?
Critics abound everywhere and do so from the comfort of their air-conditioned dwellings sipping a latte' and knowing that their next meal is in their grasp. They shower with imported soaps, get facials and manicures...yet, they are able to criticize an elderly Nun who is out in the world remaining free of its attractions so as to see in all men and women the Christ she so loved and served. Dark night's incidentally are actually a sign that God has favored someone. It is a test of sorts and in my judgment and that of millions of others, Blessed Mother Teresa passed that test with flying colors.
Read this book and see for yourself the strength and character that was Mother Teresa.
A Story of Faith and Love of God May 12, 2008
If you are looking for light or inspirational reading you will not find it here. This is a story of a remarkable women, who despite her doubts and fears, was driven by a love for God to do good in this world. Even her detractors must admit we all face doubt in one form or another, but how many of us overcome that because we have a love for someone or something? Not many, in my observation. For those of us who profess to be Christians this is what it means to love Jesus. This is faith in action, not wearing a WWJD rubber bracelet or singing praise songs. This is an intimate look into one person's "Dark Night Of The Soul." This book needs to be read by all people seeking to define their own faith in a faithless world. A great book!
Mother Teresa: come to me May 8, 2008
Had read this book twice and passed it on to friends. Mother is an inspiration even more now. that i have read this book
inspiration to those who struggle with their faith May 3, 2008
Insight into the private life of Mother Teresa. It can be a help to those who struggle with their faith. That you are not alone.
A painful, distressing story of Mother Theresa's betrayal Apr 19, 2008
I had not read these reviews before opening this book because it was given to me by a friend. It was obvious from the opening pages that Mother Theresa was a saintly person whose life in the world and her interior life were a spiritual path she was called to by God. Her willingness to sacrifice and devote everything for her beloved Jesus brings tears to one's eyes. As I read on it brought a different kind of tears to realize how deeply she was betrayed by her trusted advisors and confessors. Her letters begging to be allowed to serve the poor are bad enough-- but then the letters begging to have her private thoughts destroyed and burned only to be denied are even more distressing. It is clear that her whole life, every thought, every word, every deed was about Jesus and glorifying God-- she wanted to remain an anonymous no one -- and here is a book that glorifies her in spite of her objections. I could not finish it and felt such remorse having even read the part I did read. It is unfathomable how anyone could contravene the wishes of this saintly woman in this way and make money doing so. I cried indeed when I realized the final indignity perpetrated in her name. I strongly recommend that others respect her wishes and not buy this book.