Lessons Learned from the Mental Sufferings of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Lessons Learned from the Mental Sufferings of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

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One of the iconic images of the twentieth century is a tiny woman in a white and blue sari walking the slums of India, caring for the sick and dying. Blessed Teresa of Kolcata (August 26, 1910–September 5, 1997), or Mother Teresa of Calcutta as she is more commonly known, was proclaimed a living saint long before her death from heart failure.

As the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, her work took her around the globe. Wherever she went, she brought attention to the plight of the least, the lonely, the impoverished, and the unloved. Many of her sayings, such as “Loneliness is the most terrible poverty” and “Love is a fruit in season at all times,” have become bywords for those who work for social justice and compassionate treatment of the poorest of the poor.

One of the hallmarks of Mother Teresa’s life was her almost constant smile. Virtually everyone who met her noticed the joy and peace that emanated from her. She seemed to have perfect faith and trust in God and his will throughout her entire life. Many openly talked about how they wished they could have the kind of faith that characterized her life.

However, after her…

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