Does God really exist? The agony of Teresa
By Bruce Johnston and Brigid Delaney
November 30 2002
After her death, the Pope waived the Vatican rule that prohibits
investigation of the cause for beatification until five years after the subject's death.
Australian church leaders say Mother Teresa's period of doubt only
strengthens the case for her beatification.
Francesco Canalini, the Pope's representative in Australia, said:
"Many saints throughout history had times of trouble. The message from God is that
many holy people have had to face difficulties, but they have fought them despite the
Sydney Columban priest Cyril Hally describes Mother Teresa's doubts
as the "dark night of the soul". "It is a purification process. Doubt is
part of the growth of holiness," he said, adding that it is also a part of sainthood.
Il Segreto di Madre Teresa (Mother Teresa's Secret) will be published
The Telegraph, London
This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/11/29/1038386314539.html
- Mother Teresa, put on the fast-track to sainthood by the Pope after
her death five years ago, was tormented by a crisis of belief for 50 years, her writings
- Her letters and diaries present a completely different picture of the
nun and Nobel peace laureate from her public image as a woman confident of her faith.
- It is being said in Rome that biographies will have to be rewritten
to take the revelation into account.
- The previously unpublished material is to be brought out as a volume
in Italy. It was collected by Roman Catholic authorities in Calcutta after her death, aged
- Mother Teresa, who worked among the poor of Calcutta, wrote in 1958:
"My smile is a great cloak that hides a multitude of pains." Because she was
"forever smiling", people thought "my faith, my hope and my love are
overflowing and that my intimacy with God and union with his will fill my heart. If only
- Mother Teresa said in another letter: "The damned of hell suffer
eternal punishment because they experiment with the loss of God. In my own soul, I feel
the terrible pain of this loss. I feel that God does not want me, that God is not God and
that he does not really exist."
- Rome's daily newspaper Il Messeggero said: "The real Mother
Teresa was one who for one year had visions and who for the next 50 had doubts - until her
- Her years of doubt coincided with the period when, after the visions,
she decided to leave her teaching post at a privileged Calcutta school to help India's