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She would be the last person you’d think of. Mother Teresa’s Crisis of Faith

An eye opening article in TIME’s September Issue.


… in a letter to a spiritual confidant, the Rev. Michael van der Peet, that is only now being made public, she wrote with weary familiarity of a different Christ, an absent one.

“Jesus has a very special love for you,”

she assured Van der Peet.

“[But] as for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great, that I look and do not see,–Listen and do not hear–the tongue moves [in prayer] but does not speak … I want you to pray for me–that I let Him have [a] free hand.”


August 30, 2007 - Posted by | News, Philosophy


  1. This isn’t so shocking, really. Many of those most vaunted religious and spiritul people questioned their faith strongly. Only by questioning do they explore the depths of their faith.

    Superficial and blind faith is what scares me. Those who fear to ask the questions are the ones who are most likely to see things in black & white. And those who see our colorful world in black & white are the ones that condemn so easily with self-righteousness, wrapping their fragile egos with their “faith”; justifying wars and killing in the name of God.

    I pray for them and all of us.

    Comment by Mike | August 30, 2007

  2. Yeah…

    What Mike said =D

    Comment by Bernard | August 30, 2007

  3. Agreed! It’s wonderful to see this side of people and to see that they are in fact normal humans like the rest of us. They struggle, they question, and they travel a journey, just like us.

    So often, Christianity is made out to be a magic shot that perfects you all at once. I’ve found that thinking like this leads to a belief that, well, some people just got it, and some people don’t. The truth is we can all “get it.” We just have to seek it. And for most, it can take a lifetime. But what a lifetime it is, praise God! 🙂

    Comment by radium226 | August 31, 2007

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