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Mother Teresa: 'God abandoned me'

 
ZigMason
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This article is from 2007, but its something i still found interesting considering what a devoted person Mother Teresa was.

If a person like Mother Teresa questions the existence of God then what does that mean?


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Mother Teresa, a globally beloved symbol of saintly devotion to the poor, spent her last 50 years secretly struggling with doubts about her faith, her newly published letters show.

"If there be God - please forgive me. When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven, there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my very soul," she wrote.

"How painful is this unknown pain - I have no Faith."

The letters paint an astonishing alternate portrait of the nun revered for her selflessness and serenity. In reality, she was tortured for decades by her inability to feel even the smallest glimmer of the Lord's presence.


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For years I have written that mo teresa was not Born-Again, therefore she does her will; not God's...

mo teresa never Trusted God Fully with all aspects of her life, or she would have left the catholic church.

You either Abide In-God or you don't.
Most Christians don't...
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I'm agnostic myself. But this makes me truly sad.
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I'm agnostic myself. But this makes me truly sad.
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Yeah, it is rather depressing.
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She was a fraud and a charleton. All she ever did was hoard all the money donated to her clinic and hobnob with world leaders and travelling extensively. Her charity made millions yet very little saw its way to the people who needed it.
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For years I have written that mo teresa was not Born-Again, therefore she does her will; not God's...

mo teresa never Trusted God Fully with all aspects of her life, or she would have left the catholic church.

You either Abide In-God or you don't.
Most Christians don't...
 Quoting: Lester 1874103


Wow, what a terrible thing to say. If you really think that "god" would prefer the lunatic evangelicals over a wonderful human being like Mother Teresa... well... you can just sit on it!
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bump WTF
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After Pope Pius XII died in October 1958, Teresa prayed to him for proof that God was pleased with her work. "Then and there," she rejoiced, "disappeared the long darkness ... that strange suffering of 10 years."


"I have come to love the darkness for I believe now that it is part of a very, very small part of Jesus' darkness & pain on earth," she wrote in 1961.

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Re: Mother Teresa: 'God abandoned me'
Not trying to piss on your parade OP, nor do I think she was necessarily "evil"... but it's another point of view:

[link to www.google.com.au]
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[link to www.google.com.au]
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Saint John of the Cross
"the dark night of the soul" that doesn't end in this world?
???

The Lord is this deceitful recycling planet, where man has no place to lay his head.
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Other nuns that worked under her said she was a tyrant.

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Didn't Jesus say the same thing...

'father, why have you forsaken me?'
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Actions speak louder then words.

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"For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it.
Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home."

— Vincent, Gattaca
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Haha I saw that post OP... tounge

Yeah look, I'm not in a position to tell if she was really all she was cracked up to be, but some would say she was... less than fabulous.
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Didn't Jesus say the same thing...

'father, why have you forsaken me?'
 Quoting: Aunty Flo


As a christian even i find myself wondering about God.
If we are created in Gods image then why do we have the ability to forgive without the need of bloodshed, but God doesnt?

Why does our love and devotion need to be tested and tried? We dont even do that to our own children.

theres just alot of questions that i may never see the answer to.
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Haha I saw that post OP... tounge

Yeah look, I'm not in a position to tell if she was really all she was cracked up to be, but some would say she was... less than fabulous.
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Yeah i removed it, i misread the post i quoted. Sorry im a retard hf
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Re: Mother Teresa: 'God abandoned me'
Didn't Jesus say the same thing...

'father, why have you forsaken me?'
 Quoting: Aunty Flo


Guess it all depends on interpretation, but I think that's somewhat accurate.
"For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it.
Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home."

— Vincent, Gattaca
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I recall when Mother Teresa died, the week after Princess Diana (Queen of Hearts ™) and no one really cared.

So, the rich woman who truly did hob nob, nob, and hob, with the rich and powerful, who was described in a 2007 biography by Tina Brown as "restless and demanding ... obsessed with her public image" as well "spiteful, manipulative, media-savvy neurotic."...

...she was portrayed as a saint.

And yet the woman who gave up her life, and tried, probably not perfectly (apparently there are few perfect people in the world) to help the poor, and live amongst them, she was largely ignored and then even criticized.

I'm no Catholic, and I don't think she's a saint, but at least she was doing something productive, no matter how imperfect.

Is it not better to try and have that caring attitude and f**k it up a wee bit rather than use charity as a way to get your face in the press and garner sympathy?

No matter what we believe in...God, man, politicians, your friends....we all lose faith in the sometimes. I'm sure in the end she took her whole life and deeds into account and left this world knowing her conscience was clear.

God bless her.

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Yeah, she was a rare individual to be sure OP.
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Didn't Jesus say the same thing...

'father, why have you forsaken me?'
 Quoting: Aunty Flo


THIS.
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Didn't Jesus say the same thing...

'father, why have you forsaken me?'
 Quoting: Aunty Flo


As a christian even i find myself wondering about God.
If we are created in Gods image then why do we have the ability to forgive without the need of bloodshed, but God doesnt?

Why does our love and devotion need to be tested and tried? We dont even do that to our own children.

theres just alot of questions that i may never see the answer to.
 Quoting: ZigMason


Maybe because there are so many different possibilities in terms of outcomes and understandings that it's impossible to experience and understand them in a common life time, even in a few life times.
"For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it.
Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home."

— Vincent, Gattaca
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Now this is a woman I admire:

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Didn't Jesus say the same thing...

'father, why have you forsaken me?'
 Quoting: Aunty Flo


As a christian even i find myself wondering about God.
If we are created in Gods image then why do we have the ability to forgive without the need of bloodshed, but God doesnt?

Why does our love and devotion need to be tested and tried? We dont even do that to our own children.

theres just alot of questions that i may never see the answer to.
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You are on the right path. Keep questioning and keep searching for the truth. It's much harder to come by than simple words in an old book. Think of the the vastness of the universe compared to the smallness of you. If something did create the universe and everything in it, don't you think it could at least show itself??????
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Re: Mother Teresa: 'God abandoned me'
Didn't Jesus say the same thing...

'father, why have you forsaken me?'
 Quoting: Aunty Flo


As a christian even i find myself wondering about God.
If we are created in Gods image then why do we have the ability to forgive without the need of bloodshed, but God doesnt?

Why does our love and devotion need to be tested and tried? We dont even do that to our own children.

theres just alot of questions that i may never see the answer to.
 Quoting: ZigMason


Maybe because there are so many different possibilities in terms of outcomes and understandings that it's impossible to experience and understand them in a common life time, even in a few life times.
 Quoting: ¤ Itz A DreaM ¤


Yeah, maybe your right.
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Why does our love and devotion need to be tested and tried?
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Because they are not perfect.

Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. Daniel 12:10
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Re: Mother Teresa: 'God abandoned me'
Didn't Jesus say the same thing...

'father, why have you forsaken me?'
 Quoting: Aunty Flo


As a christian even i find myself wondering about God.
If we are created in Gods image then why do we have the ability to forgive without the need of bloodshed, but God doesnt?

Why does our love and devotion need to be tested and tried? We dont even do that to our own children.

theres just alot of questions that i may never see the answer to.
 Quoting: ZigMason


It's because that's simply someones/a certain groups perception of God, not God per se.
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Mother Teresa was human, it is to be expected that she would have human flaws, but hey she did try to make a difference.
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Re: Mother Teresa: 'God abandoned me'
Her name was Teresa and she was a Nun that never had children! Nun Teresa.

She left God when she decided herself to follow a man on earth -- the Pope/Caesar.

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