Friday, September 14, 2007

Mother Teresa, Part 2

Carol Zaleski wrote an article for First Things about four years ago, in which she discusses "The Dark Night of Mother Teresa." Zaleski has some good insights, and provides a reasonable interpretation of what was going on with Mother T - and what goes on with us. Check it out here.

"We may prefer to think that she spent her days in a state of ecstatic mystical union with God, because that would get us ordinary worldlings off the hook. . . . [Yet] what made her self-negating work possible was not a subjective experience of ecstasy but an objective relationship to God shorn of the sensible awareness of God's presence. . . . The way Mother Teresa learned to deal with her trial of faith [was] by converting her feeling of abandonment by God into an act of abandonment to God."

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