Teresa was not even sure god or Jesus exists. Mother Teresa is thoroughly saturated with a primitive fundamentalist religious worldview that sees pain, hardship, and suffering as ennobling experiences and a beautiful expression of affiliation with Jesus Christ and his ordeal on the cross. Hitchens reports that in a filmed interview Mother Teresa herself tells of a patient suffering unbearable pain from terminal cancer: "With a smile, mother Teresa told the camera what she told the patient: 'you are suffering like christ on the cross. So jesus must be kissing you. Apparently unaware that the response of the sufferer was a put-down, she freely related it: "Then please tell him to stop kissing." 12 Well-meaning people donate money to mother Teresa's organisation and imagine that they are helping people. Few realise that donations sometimes help Mother Teresa's order of nuns to hurt people rather than help them. Hemant Mehta relates the following: 13 over hundreds of hours of research, much of it cataloged in a book he published in 2003,. Chatterjee said he found a cult of suffering in homes run by mother Teresas organization, the missionaries of Charity, with children tied to beds and little to comfort dying patients but aspirin.
20 Facts About Mother Teresa
8 meet the spiritual stars! Edit "What may be most telling about Mother Teresa is how often she ended up in front of the cameras. In pictures, she is either shaking the hand of someone powerful, glamorous or ruthless ronald reagan, Princess diana, françois duvalier or leaning over someone too weak to stand according to moira donegan. 9 Teresa was photographed with numerous world leaders, also including Yasser Arafat, Edward Kennedy, indira gandhi, ingh, and members of the British royal Family. Media studies academic gezim Alpion wrote a book called Mother Teresa: saint or Celebrity? Teresa's relationships with other dubious figures included the haitian dictators Francois and jean-Claude duvalier and fraudster Charles keating. 10 The missionary position edit not to be confused with getting yourself sent to hell for all eternity. In his book, the missionary position, author Christopher Hitchens —gasp! Horror!—dared criticise mother Teresa for her work. His accusations include that she was primarily a political opportunist, abusing her fame and charity to spread her religious message, rather than help her humanitarian work. 11 Suffering for Jesus edit mother Teresa allowed suffering in her institutions with such depressing regularity one would assume she was sure suffering in the name of Jesus is a good thing.
If there be god. When I try to raise my thoughts to heaven there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives hurt my very soul. I am told God loves. And yet the reality of darkness coldness emptiness is so great that nothing business touches my soul. Teresa made the poor, helpless people in her institutions suffer for Jesus but was not even certain if God/Jesus exists. Politicizing the nobel edit She won the nobel peace Prize in 1979. 7 being all modest and not wanting to take the money credit, she immediately thanked God for it and proceeded to characterise abortion as the greatest threat to world peace.
Where is my faith. Even deep thesis down right in there is nothing, but emptiness darkness. How painful is this unknown pain. I have no faith. I dare not utter the words thoughts that crowd in my heart. make me suffer untold agony. So many unanswered questions live within me afraid to uncover them. Because of the blasphemy.
Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and savior!" citation not needed, even, ted Bundy did that before he died. 2 3 4 Contraception and abortion edit mother Teresa opposed both contraception and abortion. She was an enemy of women's rights. 5 Closet atheism edit mother Teresa could make herself look very sincere in her faith. In reality she experienced a crisis of faith and became more like an atheist or agnostic, writing privately: 6 I call, i cling, i want. And there is no One to answer. No One on Whom I can cling.
No greater love : Mother Teresa, thomas moore
Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction. (.) Many more people are poor and sick because of the life of Mother Teresa.
Even more will be poor and sick if her example is followed. She was a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud, and a church that officially protects those who violate proposal the innocent has given us another clear sign of where it truly stands on moral and ethical questions. —, christopher Hitchens 1, there is more: Mother Teresa (real name: Agnes Gonxha bojaxhiu was an Albanian nun who, depending on your level of cynicism, is one of the following: The most recent example of a saintly person, The greatest con artist, sham charity embezzler. A deeply misguided person who put the perceived spiritual needs of those she served over their real, tangible physical needs,. A very real, very human combination of some or all of the above. Contents, protestant fundamentalism edit, teresas life is a great teaching aid for. Protestant apologists, who point out that despite a lifetime of "good works" note 1, she is burning in hell right now because she never said the magic words, "I Accept the risen.
I am not saying that in order to do good in the world one necessarily has to be against abortion, that would be stupid; I'm just saying that her belief in the sanctity of life was her main driving force to do the good that. The canadian academics conclude that, based on many books they read but zero visit to the missionaries of Charity, mother Teresa was a lot more helpful to the catholic Church than to the people she said she was helping, and that a lot more should. I mean, come on! What do we need to be a saint? Who even really believe in miracles?
Mother Teresa created 517 missions in 100 countries, helped hundreds of thousands of people, and inspired generations of volunteers all over the world: to me that's a far bigger miracle than the one the Church credits her with (that she cured a woman who was. So to all the mother Teresa haters: if you don't like her, that's your right and I respect. But please, do not waste all this time writing studies or articles on her that have no other value than being controversial enough to be published. Surely there are a lot worse people than her in this world who deserve your energy! And if Mother Teresa did such a bad job helping others, why not save that time spent criticizing her to instead try to make a difference in this world? Mother Teresa in 1988.
Volunteering with, missionaries of Charity
But the fact is that she couldn't go to that hospital, and ultimately she had a far better life than the one she would have had had the sisters left her in the garbage diary they found her. Her opposition to abortion and contraception. Yes, mother Teresa was adamant and very vocal about this. Although i usually scream loud and clear when I hear any politician questioning what I consider two fundamental rights, i do not hold it against Mother Teresa. In fact, i understand her and see it as a necessary price to pay for all the good she has done to this world. Her fundamental belief business is that everyone, absolutely everyone in this world deserves love and care. She cherished every single life on this planet more than anyone ever did, and that's why she created the missionaries of Charity: to help and welcome the poorest of the poor, those whose life had not been judged worthy enough to live and who had. Without that belief that every life is worth it and therefore that abortion and contraception are wrong, she would not have created such a powerful organization, nor would she had the strength to carry it on her shoulder all her life.
They couldn't possibly adapt to everything that volunteers would complain about, using big words like "human decency" or "truly helping the poor when in a few weeks they would be running away from the dirt of Calcutta back to the comfort of their home. Yes it's true, mother Teresa was a catholic and therefore believed that dying wasn't such a bad thing. Although I do think dying is pretty bad because i don't believe there's such a thing as afterlife, i do not think her attitude was wrong given the context she was working. Most of the people the sisters care for are physically and mentally handicapped, or very old and very sick. They live in places of the world where it's hard enough to survive when you are young and healthy. I have seen the sisters do everything they can to make these people's lives better and I have seen their heart ripped apart when a little girl man died one morning in cuzco, even though they are so strongly convinced that being with God. Yes, maybe if that little girl had gone to an expensive hospital in America she would have lived longer.
Hitchens shared: the way she cared for the sick; and her opposition. I will say why, in my modest opinion and experience, they are wrong or missing the point entirely. The way she cared for the sick. The sick and dying do not receive appropriate care, despite the amount of money donated to the charity each year: this has been an ongoing criticism of the missionaries of Charity. One simple answer: yes they do care for them appropriately and even if they didn't, to the risk of sounding extremely harsh to some, it's better than dying on the street. First thing I was told by the sisters in Calcutta was that if we didn't agree with the way they proceeded, they understood it and respected it but then we didn't have to help. And they were completely right. After all, we were only there for a short period of time when it was their everyday life.
But I still had to write this post, if only for the fact that for one bad thing published about Mother Teresa on HuffPost, there would also be a good one. I was baptized, but I consider myself a catholic by culture and not by belief. Therefore i do not admire and defend Mother Teresa because i think she is a saint, but because i believe she is an incredible human being. On a more practical note, i have volunteered twice with the sisters of the missionaries of Charity, in Calcutta and in cuzco. I have therefore been able to experience first presentation hand the work these women do as they follow the example set by mother Teresa. Firstly i'd just like to state what might be a simplistic and yet fundamental reason why i find criticism of Mother Teresa extremely hard to hear: who are we, sitting in our office or in the comfort of our home in our cocoon-like world, hiding. The day someone will lead a similar life to mother Teresa's and still criticize the way she acted, then I will truly respect that opinion.
Mother Teresa 's Crisis of faith
Friday, december 16, 2011, christopher Hitchens was one of the first to write about the darker side of Mother Teresa. One of the things i admired most about Hitchens was that, in the light of new evidence, he allowed himself to change his mind. Though Hitchens' book. Mother Teresa: The missionary position shredder claimed that Mother Teresa was a fraud, when Hitchens read Mother Teresa's letters, he revised his opinion about her. One of the most controversial stories covered on HuffPost and HuffPost live this week is this new study by canadian academics on Mother Teresa, claiming that she was "anything but a saint.". This isn't new: Mother Teresa always had her critics, the fiercest of all being the late Christopher Hitchens who went as far as making a documentary about her called "Hell's Angel." i know that all the great people of this world have seen their name. And I'm sure that Mother Teresa would have been the last one bothered by these criticisms, because she had far more important things to take care.