Saw the new Mother Teresa movie, The Letters, last night. Went with some apprehension, but open. Focus is on a slice of her life - the formation of her unique call (vocation) - with retro & forward glimpses. I was moved by several facets: her clear & profound trust in God and encouragement of others to do so in light of overwhelming difficulties: Her humiliity to serve the "poorest of the poor" in an at first hostile Hindu area of Calcutta; Her willing submission to church and civil authorities - trusting God to be in the process; A disciplined devotional life from which the ability & wisdom to serve derived. But most of all was her doing this all while struggling with a deep loneliness and sense of abandonment from God. She bore this for a long time - and with a smile - because of her understanding of participating in the sufferings of Christ to be redemptive.See the book version, Come Be My Light, for further exploration of this theme. Most powerful was the scene of her Nobel Prize award in which she concluded with the Prayer of St Francis - somehow fitting for us, especially now. (for another perspective see Kathy's Blog at http://breastcancer.agrainofwheat.org
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.