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    Default ronnie dio, is that you? mother teresa had doubts...

    c'mon this is mr. dio, right?:



    Anyway, interesting read:

    Mother Teresa, a globally beloved symbol of saintly devotion to the poor, spent her last 50 years secretly struggling with doubts about her faith, her newly published letters show.

    "If there be God - please forgive me. When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven, there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my very soul," she wrote.

    "How painful is this unknown pain - I have no Faith."

    The letters paint an astonishing alternate portrait of the nun revered for her selflessness and serenity. In reality, she was tortured for decades by her inability to feel even the smallest glimmer of the Lord's presence.

    She felt abandoned by Christ, referred to Jesus as "the Absent One," and called her own smile "a mask."

    In the 1960s, after receiving an important prize, she wrote, "This means nothing to me, because I don't have Him."

    Sixty-six years worth of her deeply personal letters to superiors and confessors - preserved by the Catholic Church despite her dying wish that they be destroyed - are published in a new book, "Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light," excerpted in Time magazine.

    The book is by the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, director of the Mother Teresa Center and the driving force behind efforts to canonize her.

    She has already been beatified, the step before formally being declared a saint.

    "I've never read a saint's life where the saint has such an intense spiritual darkness. No one knew she was that tormented," Kolodiejchuk said. "It will give a whole new dimension to the way people understand her."

    He argues that the depth of her spiritual suffering increases her saintliness.

    Most believers suffer from crises of faith, but the duration of Teresa's alienation from Christ seems extreme.

    It began, she said, soon after she set up her Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in the late 1940s to succor India's poor. And it lasted, with only a joyous five-week respite in 1959 when she refound God, until her death at age 87, a decade ago.

    "There is such terrible darkness within me, as if everything was dead. It has been like this more or less from the time I started 'the work,'" she wrote in 1953.

    After Pope Pius XII died in October 1958, Teresa prayed to him for proof that God was pleased with her work. "Then and there," she rejoiced, "disappeared the long darkness ... that strange suffering of 10 years."

    But five weeks later she reported being "in the tunnel" again, and her dark night of the soul never lifted.

    The nun, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to ethnic Albanian parents in what is now Macedonia, coped with what she termed her "spiritual dryness" by likening it to Christ's doubt on the cross.

    "I have come to love the darkness for I believe now that it is part of a very, very small part of Jesus' darkness & pain on earth," she wrote in 1961.

    Teresa was a 36-year-old convent teacher riding on a train in India on Sept. 10, 1946, when she said Christ spoke to her directly, telling her to become a missionary in the slums to help the poorest of the poor.

    "Come be My light," is what she heard.

    Back then, she felt a deeply personal bond with Jesus, recounting conversations and visions. It was that loss that she mourned the rest of her life, although she never abandoned her work.
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    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
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    Saw that this morning on CNN. Interesting.....
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    ALEX IS GOD!!!

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    Amy Grant in league with Satan? Now my worldview is shattered!

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    In seriousness, I've heard about this article yesterday. Lots of fuss but I'm not surprised. So many people who have exhibited such moral strength in public (Gandhi, MLK, Thomas Merton to name a few) have expressed lapses in faith. Even Jesus had doubts according to the Gospels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by looper_guy View Post
    Amy Grant in league with Satan? Now my worldview is shattered!
    I think Amy took care of shattering her own image by fucking Vince Gill when she was still married to her first husband.

    That was a "Top Ten" hit on God's "Thou art a sinner" chart.
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    Yeah and on the left is Ritchie Blackmore.lol

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    Damn I never realized how many Longhorn fans there are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VH122 View Post
    Damn I never realized how many Longhorn fans there are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by looper_guy View Post
    In seriousness, I've heard about this article yesterday. Lots of fuss but I'm not surprised. So many people who have exhibited such moral strength in public (Gandhi, MLK, Thomas Merton to name a few) have expressed lapses in faith. Even Jesus had doubts according to the Gospels.
    it's a damn shame that they did not respect her dying wish to have her diaries destroyed after her death and are instead making them publicly available... anything for a buck... disgusting... it doesn't matter what faith you are, those wishes should have been followed through...
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