Mother Teresa was one of those rare figures in history who enjoyed a wide and solid reputation of holiness during her lifetime. She becamefor Catholics, Christians, and those of other faiths or even of nonea symbol of kindness, compassion, and tender care of the poorest people throughout the world. Known as a joyful and generous soul, Mother Teresa inspired countless persons to experience the "joy of loving," as she liked to say, through their own acts of love and compassion.
It thus came as a total surprise to everyone, including the members of her own religious family, the Missionaries of Charity, that Mother Teresa experienced nearly fifty years of what she called "the darkness." When a book of her private letters, Come, be My Light, was published in 2007, it caused a sensation. It received worldwide media attention, including as the cover story of Time magazine. People struggled to understand it; many misunderstood it, some entirely!
As the president of Ave Maria University, Jim Towey, tells us in the introduction, many questions abound about Mother Teresa's darkness: "What are we to make of the spiritual darkness that enshrouded Mother Teresa so tightly? Could the words and experiences of this little Albanian woman with no advanced formal education have anything to say to the challenges the twenty-first century presents?"
Ave Maria University gathered theologians to begin answering these questions and others. The resulting symposium, "Mother Teresa and the Mystics," provided the contents of this book. The first such assembly of scholarly work on the topic, Mother Teresa and the Mystics offers readers the opportunity to enter much more deeply into the interioreven mysticalworld of St. Teresa of Calcutta.
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Table of Contents
Foreword H. James Towey vii
Introduction Roger W. Nutt 1
1 Mother Teresa: Rich Resource for Contemporary Theology Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC 11
2 John of the Cross and Mother Teresa: The Truth about Dark Nights Ralph Martin, STD 29
3 The Distressing Disguise: St, Teresa of Calcutta and Touching Jesus Today David Vincent Meconi, SJ 54
4 Augustine, Aquinas, Thérèse, and the Mysticism of Mother Teresa's Five-Finger Gospel Andrew Hofer, OP 54
5 Mother to Mother: The Mystical Intimacy of Mother Teresa with the Mother of God Mark Miravalle 101
6 Sainted Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Witness to the Universality of God's Love and the Natural Law Matthew L. Lambt 120
7 Moral Virtue, Union with Christ, and Two Teresas John Froula 131
8 Mother Teresa's Mysticism as a Source for Theological Renewal Robert M. Garrity, JCL, SThD 144
9 The Dark Night of Mother Teresa, the Three Age of the Spiritual Life, and the Witness of the Mystics Taylor Patrick O'Neill 180
10 Light and Darkness: Catherine of Siena and Mother Teresa on Sharing Christ's Suffering Sr. Albert Marie Surmanski, OP 199
11 Seeing Mother Teresa through the Eyes of Two Popes: A Challenge to Modern Society and a Call to Conversion Michael Dauphinais 212
List of Contributors 221