A LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, ROBERT ELLSBERG - September 2016
The canonization this month of Mother Teresa of Calcutta hardly comes as a surprise. Long before her death in 1997, the sari-clad founder of the Missionaries of Charity had come to embody a modern definition of holiness. And yet, in the intervening years, we have learned so much more about her inner life—particularly, her faithful perseverance despite her terrible experience of God’s absence. “If I ever become a saint,” she wrote, “I will surely be one of ‘darkness.’ I will continually be absent from heaven—to light the light of those in darkness on earth.”
In that light, it is well worth revisiting Mother Teresa: Essential Writings, edited by Jean Maalouf for our Modern Spiritual Master Series. Here are key writings by Mother Teresa on her vocation to serve Christ “among the poorest poor,” on prayer, on loving action, joy and the secret of a fulfilled life. Despite her own inner anguish, Mother Teresa’s words are an antidote to darkness.