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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rider (7 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846041309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846041303
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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"Stunning revelations" (New York Times)

"Come Be My Light raises questions about God and faith, the engine behind great achievement, and the persistence of love, divine and human" (Time)

"Remarkable" (Daily Mail)

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The surprising spiritual life of one of the most recognized - and loved - figures of the twentieth century

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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos on 4 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Father Kolodiejchuk is the current Director of the Mother Teresa Center, the Postulator for her canonization and the editor of this book. During the course of his work he has had cause to collect all the information he can on Mother Teresa. This includes decades of letters she had written to her confessors. He has done an excellent job of compiling and editing this book, which has the approval of the Vatican. It lets us look at her inner feelings and conflicts as she walked the path that God called her too. It is interesting to note that she had requested that all these letters be destroyed upon her death.

The book shows how she was called by Jesus to start up her great work that we are all now familiar with, the Missionaries of Charity. While with the Sisters of Loreto she had communion with Jesus and heard his call. She answered it and eventually, with strong faith, received permission to go out and live and serve the poor with great compassion.

We see through her letters that as she moves down the path God chose for her she starts to find that she can no longer communicate with Jesus. And the more successful her ministry becomes, the darker the night becomes. She was living in a spiritual darkness were she felt a total absence of God. This Dark Night of the soul has been well documented and experienced by Saint John of the Cross. Many throughout the ages have felt this feeling of the complete absence of God as one progress through their spiritual path. But most, though some have lived in this state of darkness for many years, had eventually recovered.

Blessed Mother Teresa's Dark Night though is the longest in recorded history. By her own account it appears to have lasted almost five decades of her life with the Missionaries of Charity.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mss on 12 Nov. 2009
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Revelations about an amazing woman. Not a biography, but hundreds of letters (which she had asked to be destroyed). They are mostly written to her confidants, confessors, priests and her Archbishop. The revelation is about her inner desolation throughout her life; her courage and blind faith - for she received no consolation from the time she set about following what she was sure were God's wishes in founding her homes for the dying and destitute. Despite enormous success and her sisters spreading throughout the world, she received no joy but shared the loneliness of Jesus at the end of his life.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Needham on 30 Jan. 2009
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Simply the most beautiful book I have ever read. Mother Teresa's letters reveal not only a profound spirituality, an unwavering devotion to Christ and the missionary life, and a true Christian humility of the highest order, but they also present a portrait of the fullness of the Christian life, a living faith. They show Mother Teresa to be a repository of Christ's love, a vessel through which his love was brought to the poor of the world, and an example to the world of the full meaning of the Christian life.

As St. Faustina taught us about the fullness of God's Mercy, Blessed Mother Teresa taught us about his fullness of his Love.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MC on 25 Jun. 2013
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A little bit of me feels that I have been spying into another's privacy by reading this book. M Teresa's letters are so honest, it is almost breathtaking to read them. She holds nothing back unless she actually cannot find the words to express herself.

However, for anyone who has experienced any sort of dry period or feeling of abandonment in the spiritual life, this book is an amazing insight into how one woman coped with her situation. She hung on..

I am sure this book will help many - it contains such personal revelations that you end up admiring her even more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 1 April 2014
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A great little book which I have started but still have a bit to read yet. I am thrilled to capture something of her beautifulo spirit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Donaghue on 2 Jan. 2014
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A beautifully written book, uncovering deep spiritual trials an tribulations for Blessed Mother Teresa. Her constant focus on the poor and her unshakable trust in God is extremely inspiring and helps the reader grow in generosity and naturally this is accompanied by a peace that the world cannot give.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A C OSt on 12 Oct. 2013
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Excellent thought provoking gives a great insight in to the life of a godly woman, is an encouragement to all of us who struggle in our walk. It shows us also the steps of walking in humility
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan on 16 Dec. 2014
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Although the letters from Mother Theresa are interesting to read the authors constant need to put a positive spin on her every word is jaunting. Towards the end I found it better to read the letters alone and ignore the interpretations. She seems like a troubled woman whom was at least partially used by the system. The constant requests throughout the letters for them to be burned or remain secret show the typical arrogance of the Catholic Church in deciding that they know what's best and publish her private letters.
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