The Doubts of Mother Teresa
The following blog is a compilation of blogs in the life of Mother Teresa as a saint to be, (The Road to Official Sainthood), The beatification of Mother Teresa was conducted Oct. 19, 2003 by Pope John Paul II. Many believe Blessed Mother Teresa will be named a saint of the Catholic Church someday, and her beatification is the latest step in that path to sainthood.
And how India and other countries looked at her life and called it a Saint to the Rich.
Who was Mother Teresa?
Contrary to most beliefs, Mother Teresa was not from India.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje*, Macedonia, on August 26**, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. At the age of twelve, she felt strongly the call of God. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ.
- Aug 27, 1910 - Sep 5, 1997
- Maiden name: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
- Place of Birth: Skopje, Yugoslavia (what is now Macedonia)
- Residence: Calcutta, India
- Biographical highlights:
- 1928 – went to India and taught at a convent school in Calcutta
- 1937 – took her final vows
- 1948 – left the convent to work alone in the slums; received some medical training in Paris
- 1950 – the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresea’s sisterhood) started
- 1952 – House for the Dying opened
- 1957 – the Missionaries of Charity started work with lepers and in many disaster areas of the world
- 1971 – awarded the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize
- 1979 – awarded Nobel Peace Prize
How the world saw Mother Teresa:
On the one side:
How the West projected her life as an envoy of the Pope:
At the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India.
After a few months’ training in Dublin she was sent to India, where on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that in 1948 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta.
Although she had no funds, she depended on Divine Providence, and started an open-air school for slum children. Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, and financial support was also forthcoming. This made it possible for her to extend the scope of her work.
The following is the excerpts from Mother Teresa’s acceptance speech when she received her Nobel Peace Prize in 1979
Excerpts from the acceptance speech for 1979 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate:
“I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to receive (the Nobel) in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared-for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.”Her fame made her stand side by side with the then Princess Diana, Princess of Wales
On the other side:
While much was made of Mother Teresa’s devotion to the poor and downtrodden, she was in fact a lifelong friend to the rich and powerful:
SAINT TO THE RICH –
How did Mother Teresa feel about her faith?
In – “Doubt Goes Hand in Hand with Faith” – by Pamela K. Taylor
the author said of Mother Theresa:
On the one hand: Jesus Christ said of this to His Father Almighty in the last moment of His life.
Matthew 27:46 (King James Version)
46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
This was a sign of anguish on the part of Jesus Christ. His earthly body could not endured the pain inflicted in Him. Never did Jesus Christ show signs of doubts to the Father at any given time.
Did the faith of Mother Theresa showed some doubts towards the end of her ministry?
Towards the end, did she realized she was being used? If she was, to some extent, it was for a good cause; she helped alleviate the poverty stricken countries and bring to attention the plight of the poor.
In the book “Mother Teresa’s Hidden Mission in India: Conversion to Christianity”
“In the early days of Christianity, those who refused to believe in Jesus were first branded as heretics and witches and then killed or burnt at the stake. In the name of the holy wars, military missions were sent which resulted in millions of people being massacred in South America.
To perpetuate the forces of imperialism in Asia and Africa, the Western powers fit like a hand in glove with the Christian Church and used their military might to convert the natives into Chrisitanity. Following the dictum ‘the end justifies the means,’ the Christian Church had to devise new means to convert Asians and Africans into Christianity after the demise of the Western Imperialism.
Along with this came a breed of Christian evangelists guided and financed by the Vatican and the Western powers to carry on the crusade by using the label of”poverty and desease” as their weapons. That is exactly what Mother Teresa was doing in India.
Mother Teresa portrayed India as a poor, starving, and a diseased land to her Western donors who responded by filling her coffers so that she could continue her mission of converting the poor and illiterate of India. She effectively used the converted Indian nuns for this purpose and thereby achieved her major mission of the Church. Mother Teresa, the founder of the “Missionaries of Charity”was “a crafty user of public relations” as pointed out by Christopher Hitchens in his recent book,The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice.
As an Asian, I was a living witness to this. The Philippines was under the colonization of the Spanish regime for more than four hundred years. Along, came the Catholicism.
Did the Western world able to project Mother Teresa to suit their own purpose?
The Christian Church and the Western media succeeded in convincing many of the Indian leaders and the westernized Indians that Mother Teresa was a great saint and therefore should be given a state funeral, an honor reserved only for great leaders of India. She was equated by one of the Indian leaders with Mahatma Gandhi. In doing so, then Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Gujaral, and leaders of other political parties excepting the BJP confirmed to the world that the Indians are incapable of taking care of their own poor and sick people. Indian leaders like Gujaral have insulted Gandhi by equating Mother Teresa with him.
I have no doubts that Mother Teresa was a sacrificing/selfless woman. In the nature course of things, who would want to live in the dirt and in poverty when you can live in a much better place?
Her goodness came from nature, from having a good spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 (King James Version)
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Armed with goodness of spirit, we are also commanded by God, to seek the Truth. For the Truth will not bear doubt on us.
James 1:6 (King James Version)
6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Psalm 40:10 (King James Version)
10I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
Psalm 43:3-4 (King James Version)
3O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
4Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
To my mind, Mother Theresa died without knowing the whole Truth.
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