We are approaching the 10th anniversary of the death of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta on September 5. Not by accident it seems that the secular press in the United Kingdom is already churning out reports of Blessed Teresa’s period of spiritual darkness over the period of the last 40 years of her life. Based upon the book, Come be my Light by Rev.Brian Kolodiejchuk which is a review and study of the correspondence of the late Mother Teresa in which she reveals bouts of personal doubt and darkness during her spiritual journey with Jesus.

A key factor that we all need to recall is that the journey of faith and conversion is not always a path of convenience for spiritual completion. Throughout the history of the Catholic Church, there are many stories of Saints that have always been plagued by doubt and temptation. The most important factor that needs to be recalled is that they persisted in the love of Jesus and His Church and His Sacraments. The entire concept of conversion for us as faithful Catholics and followers of Christ should always remain prominent in our spiritual journey…conversion and sanctification is not always an instantaneous moment, but in most cases a journey that lasts a lifetime until it comes to completion at the end of our human lives. Quite honestly, we are called in the spirit of Baptism to be potential saints as we work through our human shortcomings and faults.

One aspect of the recently released book that focuses on the doubt that plagued Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is its honest portrayal of a woman that needed daily nourishment through the Eucharist, and prayer as she lived the life that God had determined as her life’s ministry. The real message of Blessed Teresa’s letters and correspondence is simply…trust in God and do his will.

Conversion is a radical transformation of our lives that happens on spiritual, emotional, physical and psychological levels of our human existence. It is not always spontaneous or sudden. Hagiographical stories often tell of miraculous conversions, being struck from a horse (as in the case of Saint Paul), or the encrypted nursery rhyme, “Tolle lege, tolle lege!” as heard by Saint Augustine but in most cases the call to sainthood comes through a potential saints persistent daily struggle to lead the Catholic moral life. Saints experience temptations. Saints encounter periods of darkness and despair. Saints however endure and persist in their deeply held convictions of their faith.

While the secular press and even the writings of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta might indeed indicate some periods of doubt and disbelief on her part, the real truth of the matter is this: Teresa of Calcutta endured in her faith and offered people throughout the world the hope of Jesus Christ, despite a world of shattered peace and broken promises. She did this her entire life, it wasn’t always easy. It wasn’t always pleasant. It wasn’t always rewarding. However she never strayed from the message, the mission or the task. That’s why we hope and pray for her inclusion among the company of Saints. Even though she had reservations and doubts, she never stopped proclaiming her belief in the endless love of God’s infinite mercy.

We really need to recall not her doubts and spiritual pitfalls, but her legacy of success that will ultimately rank her among God’s saints.

Well done, good and faithful Servant, come into the kingdom of the Father!

Hugh http://verbumcarofactumest.blogspot.com

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