Monday, August 27, 2007

Nothing To Apologize For

I don't pretend to understand the whys and wherefores of the Catholic church's criteria for Sainthood. Or how one can be "fast tracked" and another can't or just what a miracle actually is versus the convolution some appear to be.

Mother Theresa is on such a fast track. At least until the publication next week of the book, "Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light" containing letters in which she doubted her faith.

Always ready to pounce, the week end talking heads asked with far too much glee if indeed this would slow down, if not end, the process for this diminutive winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The experts seemed to think there might be some pause but not an end. What remains is the confirmation of one more miracle.

I think they have it right under their noses. Yes. She may have come to doubt her faith. Being a devout Catholic this would have been devastating to her. How many of us, however, could do the type of work she did, relentlessly and selflessly, in the slums of Calcutta for decades and not have had the same doubts? When one works tirelessly for a cause and no end ever comes into view, how could you not wonder if the cause is meant to be?

I should think the miracle is that she continued her work under the most adverse circumstances imaginable. In her heart she knew it was needed and it was right.

It was no fault of hers that her timetable did not mesh with her God's.

4 comments:

Idaho escapeE said...

Someone set a precedent for Mother Theresa (and everyone else) for doubting faith...Jesus Christ himself in the Garden of Gethsemane. "Not my will, but thine be done". (Imagine that, me quoting the Bible!)

Word Tosser said...

And Amen to both of you... if not her ... then who?

Dogwalkmusings said...

Ah, a true miracle! One of my favorite bloggers, Idaho Escapee, has left a comment! Thanks for dropping by!

Ted Wallace said...

God has given us the power and right to solve difficult problems. Even Christ had questions about taking on the awful cup of the crucifixion. We all doubt and are unsure at times. Mother Theresa was just showing her "humanness" in, at times, doubting.
End of sermon!!
Ted