Mother Theresa Was Not a Christian?



The National Post ran an article entitled MOTHER TERESA’S PAIN AND DOUBT
Letters Reveal How She Secretly Struggled With Her Spirituality

In letters to her confessors and superiors Mother Theresa wrote “If there be no God, there can be no soul. If there be no soul then, Jesus, You also are not true.”

Does this mean that Mother Theresa was not a Christian?

Personally I think that an inner struggle with the reality of God is not a bad thing it allows us to think on the big questions of why is the world as it is if there is a God.

Mother Theresa of all people saw the worst of the world, the poor the starving the ill, If she did not struggle with the reality of God she would to me be less of the person she was.

We all struggle with the feeling of separation from God but we have less reason than Mother Theresa.

It bothers me that people seem to think this is a sign of weakness in one of the greatest humanitarians of this era.

We are Christians but we are also human.

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4 thoughts on “Mother Theresa Was Not a Christian?

  1. Something so true one would assume it would be obvious. But the blindness of the world prevents making that connection, thus the almost universal opinion that the failures of Christians are evidence of religious fraud, rather than a normal state of affairs.

    Good catch, Bill.

  2. Our mistake is to assume an inadequate definition of “faith”.

    In some circles, “faith” equals “certainty”. Doubt is regarded as the opposite of faith. Faith is therfore called into question whenever someone (here, Mother Teresa) expresses any significant measure of doubt.

    It’s a problematic definition, because it says nothing about how the “believer” lives. A person can have faith but behave in a very unchristlike manner.

    It’s also problematic for the reason you mention: a little doubt often makes for a more humane believer. The person who “knows” that his doctrine is true is often intolerant of anyone who disagrees, even on peripheral points of doctrine.

    I prefer to define “faith” as “allegiance” to Jesus. Jesus’ fundamental demand was, “Take up your cross and follow me.” That’s precisely what Mother Teresa did, and that’s what faith is.

    Mother Teresa could have lived a comfortable life, but instead she lived in solidarity with the poor — doing without “creature comforts”. Theologians speak of Jesus’ “condescencion”, meaning the big step downward he took, from glory in heaven to mundane life in a poor Jewish family. There he experienced hunger and all the other commonplaces of human life, culminating in a miserable death. In a different way, Mother Teresa likewise condescended (not in the way we usually use the term, but in its theological sense) to “the poorest of the poor” in Calcutta.

    That’s faith: allegiance to Jesus; following his example of self-denial and radical solidarity with the poor. It’s a much more full-blooded definition of “faith”, and one in which a struggle with doubt is utterly irrelevant.

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