CNA Staff, Oct 3, 2023 / 11:30 am
A new movie weaves together the lives of two women experiencing self-doubt, but, in the end, both women meet the challenge of their vocations despite their personal struggles.
“Mother Teresa and Me” tells the story of Kavita, a young woman who finds herself with an unexpected pregnancy. Battling whether or not to get an abortion, she returns to her hometown in India where her now very old nanny shares the story of Mother Teresa’s first days working in the streets of Calcutta. Learning how Mother Teresa faced many doubts after no longer being able to hear the voice of Jesus, Kavita is inspired.
Following publication of this story, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, the director the Mother Teresa Center, issued a statement in which he claimed the film’s writer and director, Kamal Musale, had committed several “crucial errors” in his approach to the film, including Musale’s allegation that the nun “lost her faith” at some point in her life.
“As her own writings attest,” Kolodiejchuk wrote, “one of the most profound things about Mother Teresa is that she never ‘lost her faith,’ even amid desolation and uncertainty. Her personal letters speak of her ‘unbroken union [with God]’ during her darkness and observe that ‘my mind and heart is habitually with God.’”