Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Come Be My Light : the Private Writings of the "Saint of Calcutta"

Book - 2007
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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.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385520379
Branch Call Number: B TERESA MOTHER
Characteristics: xii, 404 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kolodiejchuk, Brian


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Feb 05, 2018

Also recommend "Where There Is Love, There Is God," which is a similar collection of her thoughts.

Oct 07, 2017

alternatively, consider:
“The Missionary Position - Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice”
by Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)
McClelland & Stewart 2012, ISBN: 9780771039188, 0771039182

Oct 19, 2016

I simply could not read also. Did not sit well with this book.

Jun 06, 2011

I only read the introduction to this book, when I got to the part that explains how she requested and then begged that her letters be burnt and never made public I felt sick. Many of her letters it says state that she identifies the contents as confidential, her chosen confidants explain away their betrayal of her trust by stating that confession can not be made by writing them and sending them to a priest, or by guessing what she would think on the matter now that she is passed.

This woman gave her life to Christ and devoted herself to the love and care of the poor and unloved. She was and still is in my humble oppinion one of the greatest assets the church had. In an age where the Catholic Church is at last having to face up to problems within such as children abused by priests or in Catholic care homes and the treatment of un-wed mothers in the Irish laundries, she was real light for all people Catholic or not. The treatment of this amazing woman fills me with dispair.

It was her express wish that what she wrote in her letters and journals remain private. I would not pick up and read someones private diary and so my conscience will not allow me to read this. This is just my personal view.

It must be a matter of personal conscience to read this book or not but the reader should be aware of how the contents were gathered prior to buying. It is as it says on the cover strap line 'the PRIVATE writings'.

I would love to see a Church aproved book on Mother Teresa that does not include anything that she she herself did not want to share.


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