Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

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

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During her lifelong service to the poor, Mother Teresa became an icon of compassion to people of all religions; her extraordinary contributions to the care of thousands whom nobody else was prepared to look after have been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world. Little was 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. 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385520379
0385520379
Branch Call Number: 271.97 Teresa
271.97 TERESA
Characteristics: xii, 404 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Kolodiejchuk, Brian

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Puckettr
Aug 14, 2018

I have to agree with Katherine1066! I was considering reading this book, but I CANNOT for all the same reasons Katherine posted. Shame on this publisher!

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Verum
Feb 05, 2018

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

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naturalist
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

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QnVz
Oct 19, 2016

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

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katharine1066
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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