While I was sitting in the waiting room at Safelite Autoglass today, I picked up the newest TIME Magazine and read the cover story, “Mother Teresa’s Crisis of Faith.” I was drawn to pick up TIME because of the unusual photo of Mother Teresa on the cover. I think I’m used to seeing a sweet smile on Mother Teresa’s face, and her face on the cover photo just looked devoid of any emotion. The article talks about a new book coming out, entitled Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light”, which I hope to get and do a review of in the future. The book is a collection of Mother Teresa’s private correspondence with her confessors and superiors over the course of 66 years. What the reader finds out is a glimpse into Mother Teresa’s “dark night of the soul” that lasted for over 50 years, and which began almost at the exact same time she began her work in Calcutta.
“Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear.”
— Mother Teresa to the Rev. Michael Van Der Peet, September 1979
It is a very interesting article and I am looking forward to reading the book. What an amazing glimpse into the life of a woman blessed, revered and lifted up as a spiritual mother to millions. And to see that she struggled with doubts and feelings of anguish, despair, loneliness and loss for much of her ministry.