Mother Teresa suffered crisis of faith

Aug. 24, 2007 at 10:40 AM

NEW YORK , Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A new book about Mother Teresa of Calcutta by the man petitioning for her sainthood claims she questioned the presence of God in her life for decades.

Edited and compiled by the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, "Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light," includes many surprising letters written by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Mother Teresa, her confessors and superiors throughout a period of 66 years, Time said Friday.

The letters, many of which were preserved against her dying wishes, reveal that for the last nearly half-century of her life the Roman Catholic nun felt the presence of God neither in her heart or in the Eucharist and even stopped praying, the book said.

A senior Missionaries of Charity member, Kolodiejchuk is Mother Teresa’s postulator, responsible for petitioning for her sainthood and collecting the materials to support her canonization.

The letters in the book were gathered as part of that process, Time said.

In a recent interview with CBS, Kolodiejchuk said her obvious spiritual torment regarding her faith actually helps her case.

"Now we have this new understanding, this new window into her interior life, and for me this seems to be the most heroic," he said.

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