The NY Times featured an article about a new book containing revealing letters written by Mother Teresa (title above). The letters detail that one of the impetuses for her to leave the Lorento convent and live among Calcutta’s poor was a feeling of spiritual emptiness…a feeling she apparently struggled with for her whole life. The NYTimes says:
‘“I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe,” wrote Flannery O’Connor, the Roman Catholic author whose stories traverse the landscape of 20th-century unbelief. “What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. It is much harder to believe than not to believe.”’
How do those words feel to you, YARs? Like, what do you think? I’m excited to hear. The NYTimes continues:
“O’Connor suffered from isolation and debilitating illness, Mother Teresa from decades of spiritual emptiness. But – and here is the exemplary part, inspiring even by the standards of a secular age – they both…got on with their work. Mother Teresa, sick with longing for a sense of the divine, kept faith with the sick of Calcutta. And now, dead for 10 years, she is poised to reach those who can at last recognize, in her, something of their own doubting, conflicted selves.”
YAR for the last year, has provided a great opportunity to read what my peers are thinking. I enjoy reflecting on the words. The words in the 2nd paragraph are some that I offer today. YAR is a good tool for organization and reflection. Thanks for writing, everyone.