Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mother Teresa: Believing through the silence

~a beautiful essay by Anthony Esolen in Mere Commentary. Here's a brief excerpt:
The same people who rejoice that Mother Teresa experienced the pain of doubt used to say that she served the poor in Calcutta only because it did her good -- because she selfishly derived joy from it. Now, if that is what it means to be "selfish," to identify yourself with the filthy and pustulent outcasts of the world, without self-aggrandizement, without promoting some great social or political program, but merely because you are commanded to love, then so be it, let us all be selfish, let us all heap up treasures of love for ourselves, the love we give and the love of God we will enjoy. But that stretches the word "selfish" beyond all recognition.
Please read the whole thing.

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