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MOTHER TERESA’S FALSE HOPE
Updated March 17, 2008 (first published September 5, 2007) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns) –
The August 23, 2007 issue of Time magazine featured a lengthy review of a new book documenting the Mother Teresa’s long night of the soul. The book,Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, the Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta, contains heretofore unpublished statements made by the nun to her Catholic confessors and superiors over a period of more 66 years, but the focus is from 1948, when she founded the Missionaries of Charity organization, until 1997, when she died. It is edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk, the Postulator for Mother Teresa’s canonization.
In March 1953 she wrote to her confessor: “… there is such terrible darkness within me, as if everything was dead. It has been like this more or less from the time I started ‘the work.’”
Over the years she had many confessors, and she continually referred to her spiritual condition as “my darkness” and to Jesus as “the Absent One.”
At the suggestion of one confessor she wrote the following to Jesus: “I call, I cling, I want — and there is no One to answer — no One on Whom I can cling — no, No One. — Alone … Where is my Faith — even deep down right in there is nothing, but emptiness & darkness. … When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven — there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives & hurt my very soul. — I am told God loves me — and yet the reality of darkness & coldness & emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul.”
In 1962 she wrote: “If I ever become a Saint — I will surely be one of ‘darkness,’” and again, “How cold-how empty — how painful is my heart. — Holy communion — Holy Mass — all the holy things of spiritual life — of the life of Christ in me — are all so empty — so cold — so un-wanted. The physical situation of my poor, left in the streets unwanted, unloved, un-claimed — are the true picture of my own spiritual life, of my love for Jesus” (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, p. 232).
In 1979 she wrote: “The silence and the emptiness is so great — that I look and do not see, — Listen and do not hear.”
Her private statements about her faith and relationship with Christ continued in this vein until her death.
HOPE IN A FALSE GOSPEL IS NO HOPE AT ALL
Mother Teresa’s error was putting her faith in Rome’s false gospel. We have documented this in articles since the 1980s. O Timothy magazine for January 1985 (Volume 2, Issue 1) featured the article “Is Mother Teresa an Evangelical Christian.” We demonstrated that Mother Teresa was a faithful daughter of Rome.
MOTHER TERESA’S JESUS WAS THE WAFER OF THE MASS
In her speech at the Worldwide Retreat for Priests, October 1984, in the Paul VI Audience Hall in Vatican City, Mother Teresa made the following statements:
“At the word of a priest, THAT LITTLE PIECE OF BREAD BECOMES THE BODY OF CHRIST, the Bread of Life. Then you give this living Bread to us, so that we too might live and become holy” (Mother Teresa, cited in Be Holy: God’s First Call to Priests Today, edited by Tom Forrest, C.Ss.R., foreword by Msgr. John Magee, South Bend, Indiana: Greenlawn Press, 1987, p. 108).
“I was so struck with the thought that ONLY WHEN THE PRIEST IS THERE CAN WE HAVE OUR ALTAR AND OUR TABERNACLE AND OUR JESUS. ONLY THE PRIEST CAN PUT JESUS THERE FOR US” (Mother Teresa, Be Holy, pp. 111).
“THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS YOU [PRIESTS] ARE CALLED ‘ANOTHER CHRIST’” (Mother Teresa, Be Holy, p. 112).
MOTHER TERESA’S PROTECTOR WAS MARY
In her speech at the Vatican City in 1984 Mother Teresa said:
“So let us ask the help of our Lady! She is a Mother full of grace, full of God, full of Jesus. Let us ask her to be our Mother, guiding us and protecting us. … It is true that we are already being helped by our tremendous devotion to Mary. She is our patroness and our Mother, and she is always leading us to Jesus” (Mother Teresa, Be Holy, p. 75).
One of the “voices” that spoke to Mother Teresa and urged her to found the Missionaries of Charity was “Mary.” The following is a vision that she described in a letter to her archbishop on December 1947:
“Again that great crowd — I could see great sorrow and suffering in their faces — I was kneeling near Our Lady, who was facing them. — … I heard her say, ‘Take care of them — they are mine — bring them to Jesus — Carry Jesus to them — Fear not. Teach them to say the Rosary — the family Rosary and all will be well. — Fear not — Jesus and I will be with you and your children’” (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, p. 99).
Note that this “Mary” told Mother Teresa to teach idolatrous sinners to pray the Rosary and that all would be well. She taught salvation through works, which is a false gospel. “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Romans 11:6). “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8).