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Mother Teresa Felt 'No Faith, Empty'

Society & Culture  (tags: Mother Teresa, faith, letters, book, calcutta, book, chiidren, orphanage )

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MOTHER Teresa experienced "emptiness" like any human, and the revealing letters she shared with her colleagues portrayed her humility, said the Archbishop of Kolkata, where the nun lived most of her life.


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Elli M (46)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 7:10 pm
(What a sweet picture. Thank you). I feel that we forget sometimes that no matter what title we may carry, we are still "people."

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Saturday August 25, 2007, 7:51 pm
God bless her soul

Jaclin S (230)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 8:40 pm
Amen to that honeysucklebarb. A Great Woman and Humanitarian.
Love & Light

Mimi J (121)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 11:54 pm
It it not the faith, it is what she did that made her a great women.

Linda D (41)
Sunday August 26, 2007, 9:54 am
Time magazine had a feature story on Mother Teresa and I haven't read it all, but found it shocking that she felt nothing for the last fifty years. She felt separated from God and that she was alone in her struggles. If you lose the ability to feel love and to have faith, how do you carry on? Maybe faith is the belief in things not seen or felt, and it becomes a verb, or the how you live your life. It becomes the supreme test when there is not positive feed back from God. She had no evidence she was on the right track, but made up her mind to stay on that path to the end and helped and inspired so many people. It must have been so painful giving inspirational talks to people, but feeling empty inside and outside of humanity, which she recorded in her letters and private talks with her priest counselor. I always thought she had this great peace and serenity and euphoric feeling of God's love. How brave she was to keep living her life trying to do good.

Christy Wyrtzen (0)
Sunday August 26, 2007, 12:55 pm
How can one stay true to faith when faced with so much suffering? I have struggled with this my self for so long. Perhaps this is when our true humanizm comes out. Mother Teresa-a human being who with her compassion and her ability to put aside her personal struggles brought compassion to the world. She also in her death continued to teach us about the human condition. Perhaps this is the true face of God.

cha Jahjah (0)
Sunday August 26, 2007, 2:34 pm
a true icon of caring peace to all

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 26, 2007, 3:57 pm
All humans forget that they are the arms of God or evil.. I am sure God feels pain as we do. We are instruments of good or evil. I believe that Mother Teresa was a human being who was so apalled by all the poverty and suffering that it, at times, over whelmed and shadowed her having the realization that she was an instrument of God. It is within all of us, even those who seem to have great faith, to doubt. Doubting Thomas was a prime example of this. Some of us are able to believe without seeing and some need reinforcement more then others. Mother Teresa demonstrated how wonderful she was with her steadfast commitment to helping people. She was beloved by those people and others throughout the world. Through all the pain and anxiety of seeing so much horror, she was committed to giving. I believe she realized this in the end and if not, I am sure our Creator will explain it all to her on the other side.

Susan Duncan (25)
Sunday August 26, 2007, 5:04 pm
As a non-believer, I find it helpful and hopeful to know that Mother Teresa was so refreshingly human. If there ever was a true saint it is, indeed, this special woman. The fact that she lived with those she served and received no monetary gain nor expected an eternal reward shows the depth of her kindness and the pureness of her heart. She more than deserves the title of saint, whether or not she was a believer. She will remain an example of human nature at its very best.

Kate P (30)
Sunday August 26, 2007, 8:25 pm
I am not surprised that Mother Teresa had feelings of doubt and despair. She threw herself and her life energy into fields of suffering unlike what most of us will ever be able to conceive of in a realistic manner. What surprises me most about her revealing letters is that the Vatican didn't stop them from being publicly available. Apparently Mother Teresa still weaves her magic through our earthly existence.

Sunday August 26, 2007, 10:11 pm
Forget about the faith. The lady was a great human being, selfless and devoted to do good. The soul within her defined her, not a given religious affiliation. She's an angel amongst angels. Noted!

Bill McGlone (103)
Monday August 27, 2007, 6:10 am
I know exactly how she felt! Yet GODS work can still take place!

Karen Tyrrell (11)
Monday August 27, 2007, 7:06 am
Mother Teresa was indeed an inspirational person, and strove always to do her best for humanity. But we cannot imagine the level of suffering she saw on a daily basis, and the number of women she witnessed die in childbirth because, as a Catholic, should could not advocate contraception to those she ministered to. And thus the innumerable orphans left because of that. The horrendous poverty she witnessed because of the rigidly stratified caste system, and to every day see it, and try to find God there.

She worked in a country which historically has had a terrible attitude to women, and she would have witnessed first hand how this affected the community in which she lived, and as a Catholic she would have put that into context beside the teachings of her own faith - none of us can know how this effected her.

She launched herself tirelessly on a personal crusade, and touched many lives, more than she could have imagined, but I am sure it must have seemed that whilst the inequalties existed aruond her, and the state supported them, she could never do enough.

Those of us who live in faith will, as she did, sometimesfeel that 'faith is not enough', and the only way through these feelings, I think, is to face them, accept them, express them, and make the right choice for the future based on that experience. That Mother Teresa felt those pangs of doubt and loss makes her all the more human, and less the Saint perhaps, but a greater inspiration to us all all: to do what we each can, knowing that we can't move the mountains, but we can chip away at the foundations, and others will continue the work with and after us.

It is not for any one individual to know and create the meaning of God's work on this planet, it is for each of us to work in faith, to the best of our ability for the best outcome for everyone, and to do no harm knowingly to others. God will not manifest to us, as Mother Teresa found on this earth plain, but God is manifested through us by the acts we perform, and all our thoughts and deeds.

Love and blessings to all


Mikaela C (6)
Thursday August 30, 2007, 10:49 am
It's uplifting to know that Mother Theresa had such feelings about her relationship with God. Knowing that she felt as "human" as we all do at times gives me hope for a brighter future. Thank you Mother Theresa for sharing your doubts and concerns. Thank you, TIME MAGAZINE, for printing such a dreadful piece on such a wonderfully human angel. It has only strengthened my Faith and taught me how important it is to truly stay humble in my heart.
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