Dear visitor, in this article, we will examine “Mother Teresa” from a Christian point of view. Our primary source is the Bible, the word of God.
Who is Mother Teresa?
By dedicating her life to the poor, the sick, and the dying, Mother Teresa has become known throughout the world as an extraordinary and remarkable person. He showed love to those who were ignored by the world. He welcomed people whom no one wanted to approach. Not only did he receive the Nobel Peace Prize and hundreds of other awards for his deeds, but after saying goodbye to this world, he was declared a saint by the Catholic Church. Despite all of this, Mother Teresa’s difficulties arose when she was conceived as a Saint. Let’s take a look at who Mother Teresa is, how she lived, and what her troubles were.
The Life of Mother Teresa
In 1910, Mother Teresa was born as Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Gonca Boyacı) to an Albanian family in Skopje, which was then within the Ottoman Empire. At the age of eleven he heard his call to devote his life to serving God and people. In 1928, at the age of eighteen, she left home and joined the Loretto Nurses, an Irish group of nuns working in India, and moved to India about a year later. During this period, she took the name Teresa. After working as a teacher and school principal in Kolkata, in 1946 he heard the “second call”: to help the poor.
In 1950 the Charitable Missionaries Society was officially established to help the poorest of the poor. From then until her death, Mother Teresa devoted her life to the poor, sick and dying in Calcutta and around the world.
At the time of his death, the Charitable Missionaries Society had almost 4,000 members and 610 foundations in 123 countries. (http://www.motherteresa.org/biography.html) Apart from the hundreds of awards she has received, Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for working among the poorest of the poor.
Mother Teresa valued one thing more than anything else in her life: love. We can understand his heart from the following words.
“It is not what we do that matters, but how much love we do when we do it.
It is not what we give, but how much love we give when we give.
and nothing is small for God.”
“People in general are irrational, illogical, and selfish.
But somehow, they are worthy of love.”
“If they are hungry, we give them food; if they are naked, we clothe them; if they are sick, we visit them every day; if they are homeless, we will give them a house.”
Sainthood and the Crisis of Faith
In 1997, Mother Teresa said goodbye to the world famous, loved and respected throughout the world. Less than two years after her death, the canonization process was initiated by Pope John Paul II. Some of the letters written by Mother Teresa when she was thought to be a saint have surfaced. In these letters, Mother Teresa described her deepest troubles, doubts and pain. He revealed that he did not feel close to God and that he sometimes even doubted the existence of God. In the letters he wrote, he talked about the darkness, loneliness and emptiness he felt.
“Jesus has a very special love for you. For me, silence and emptiness are so great; I look but do not see, listen but do not hear. [When I pray] my tongue moves, but I do not speak.”
In another letter he wrote that his smile was “a mask that covers everything, a cloak”. “I spoke as if I had a personal, private love for God. If you had been there, you would have said, ‘What hypocrisy is this?
Despite this, Mother Teresa was declared a saint by the Catholic Church in 2016. Many have said that their pain shows their devotion to God.
Sacred or Not?
If he even doubted the existence of such a remarkable, altruistic, highly respected Christian faith and God; Shall we lose hope? No way. First of all, our hope is not in Mother Teresa and other “holy” or “saint” people. Our hope is in Jesus Christ.
Although the Catholic Church names some people, the saint; According to the Bible, we are all naturally sinners and can be considered holy only by believing in Jesus Christ. “According to this will of God, we are sanctified by the first and last offering of the body of Jesus Christ.” (Hebrews 10:10)
“Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ to you, who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and to all who are called to be holy, and to all who everywhere remember the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:1-3)
Only Jesus Christ lived a sinless life. Only through His righteousness can we become holy. When we turn our eyes from Jesus Christ to people for hope, we are disappointed. Therefore, “Let us keep our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Still, we can learn a lot from the life of Mother Teresa. Jesus Christ himself; He commanded them to take care of the poor, the sick, the hungry, and the foreigners. “‘I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “what you did for one of my simplest brothers, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:34-40) Only God knows the heart of Mother Teresa.
We don’t know if he really has faith or not. But we can also learn from his life; people may turn away from God and even doubt His existence when they turn away from Him. Yet, like Mother Teresa, we must not forget the calls we receive from the Lord and continue to fulfill them. As he did, we should show love to the people we meet.
“Bring love wherever you go, bring love wherever you go. First to your own home. Give love to your children, your spouse, your next-door neighbor. Don’t let anyone leave your side unhappy and bad. Be a living example of God’s grace; May your face, your eyes, your smile and your greetings be graceful.”
– Mother Teresa