Oct 15, 2007
Book by Brian Kolodiejchuk.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003, is the perfect example of a saint in modern times. This book is a collection of Mother Teresa’s letters which have provoked controversy in the secular press because commentators misunderstood what they read.
The commentators couldn’t understand what Mother Teresa was writing about. How could this nun, who many thought was so close to God, suffer for most of her life from the absence of God? They accused her of being a hypocrite, a concern she had noted in her writings.
Mother Teresa suffered what is called in spirituality according to St. John of the Cross, the “dark night of the soul.” Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, who is a member of Mother Teresa’s priests’ community and is her postulator (promoter), comments that Mother Teresa’s “darkness” was one of the longest known periods of darkness for a person. Mother’s patron saint, St. Therese of Lisieux, had also experienced darkness and had doubts about her faith. Other saints also have endured the dark night of the soul including St. Paul of the Cross.