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Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the 'Saint of Calcutta' | [Brian Kolodiejchuk]

Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the 'Saint of Calcutta'

This book includes correspondence (and context for understanding it) from Mother Teresa's early years in religious life and throughout her years as founder of a new religious community. This correspondence reveals Mother Teresa's struggles, doubts and her sense of abandonment by God. These revelations can encourage and strengthen us as she reveals her abiding faith despite darkness and trials.
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Publisher's Summary

This book includes correspondence (and context for understanding it) from Mother Teresa's early years in religious life and throughout her years as founder of a new religious community. This correspondence reveals Mother Teresa's struggles, doubts, and her sense of abandonment by God. These revelations can encourage and strengthen us as she reveals her abiding faith despite darkness and trials.

Missionary of Charity Father Brian Kolodiejchuk met Mother Teresa in 1977 and joined the Missionaries of Charity Fathers at the time of their foundation in 1984. He is postulator of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and director of the Mother Teresa Center.

©2007 The Mother Teresa Center (P)2008 St. Anthony Messenger Press

What the Critics Say

"Mother Teresa's ministry with the poor won her the Nobel Prize and the admiration of a believing world. Her ministry to a doubting modern world may have just begun." (James Martin, S.J., Culture Editor, America magazine)

"Mother Teresa, sick with longing for a sense of the divine, kept faith with the sick of Calcutta. And now, dead for [over] 10 years, she is poised to reach those who can at last recognize, in her, something of their own doubting, conflicted selves." (The New York Times)

"Saints are not holy for themselves, but for all of us, their sisters and brothers. I believe this book will become a classic in spirituality." (James Van Vurst, O.F.M., St. Anthony Messenger magazine)

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    ginackri Providence, RI 09-04-12
    ginackri Providence, RI 09-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    This was a beautiful look inside this Godly woman, who was anything but ordinary.She wanted no credit or glory, simply to serve the poorest of the poor.It went through her life and inner thoughts from youth through her life.Inspirational and encouraging to find the light within us all. Even in the darkest nights of her soul, she radiated love and light.She needed no money to feed and bless multitudes.Truly an Ascended Master!


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    James Prince george, BC, Canada 03-25-13
    James Prince george, BC, Canada 03-25-13
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    The male narrators are ok it is the female narrator that makes Mother Theresa sound sickly sweet, and since this is mainly about Mother Theresa's writings, for me it was a major turn off


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes the book was good- the female narrator not so!


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    James Francis Maryland, USA 05-21-14
    James Francis Maryland, USA 05-21-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Amazing book, narration didn't feel right"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is beautiful.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The woman voicing Mother Teresa didn't really seem to capture her personality. Mother, at least according to times I have seen her talk and based upon peoples' descriptions of her, was a determined, focused, and almost spunky woman. The narrator in the audiobook had a breathy, sterile delivery that seemed almost stereotypical, like the porcelain statue of a saint.


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    Rachael Los Angeles, CA 10-07-12
    Rachael Los Angeles, CA 10-07-12
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    YES Repetitiveness! I understand that Mother Teresa had her struggles, but they were often the same struggle. I think it's very human to struggle with the same things but at the same time, when I am reading, it is annoying to read the same thing as if you hadn't told me once already. This is really my biggest problem with this story. Also, there is a mix of letters and them kind of a commentary of Mother Teresa. I think her letters are way more interesting than speculation or the interference of another person writing in the middle.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I am not sure how to share the ending without giving spoilers so I am skipping this question.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The pace seemed maybe a bit slow at times, specially in between letters of Mother Teresa.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, this is not movie material. This would be a slow paced film. I don't know why this would be asked because a film script does not have the same liberties that a novel has. This is fine as a book, not a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a bad book. I was just expecting a bit more information of direct info from Mother Teresa. I found the author almost an interference unless it was information of where or why a letter was written.

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    I read many books but this has to be one of the best. If you want to know what it is to battle against all the odds read this book. If you want to know what it means to LOVE read this book. Blessed

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