The Canonization of Mother Teresa

It is reported that half a million people are expected to attend the canonization of Mother Teresa, who died in 1997. The canonization will take place on September 4, 2016 at the Vatican.

While Mother Teresa is greatly admired for her selfless, life-long devotion to the poor and the sick in Calcutta, a Canadian study in 2013 suggests that she was “anything but a saint”. Questions were raised regarding “her rather dubious way of caring for the sick, questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received …” According to doctors visiting her missions in Calcutta, the homes for the poor and sick were essentially “homes for the dying”, where there was poor hygiene, abysmal care, inadequate food, no painkillers other than aspirin, and unfit living conditions.

The sick were refused painkillers just because Mother Teresa believed “[t]here is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering.” The sick were never offered a choice; they were never asked whether they would of their own volition like to participate in Christ’s suffering. On the other hand, Mother Teresa herself received the best medical care when she needed it.

Mother Teresa once wrote to her spiritual director, “In my soul I feel just that terrible pain of loss, of God not wanting me, of God not being God, of God not really existing.” On the surface Mother Teresa was helping the poor and the sick, but she never did what Jesus commanded us to do: love your neighbour as yourself. No wonder Mother Teresa never sensed the presence of God in her life.

Mother Teresa did not truly serve God. She was a servant of the Catholic Church. Yes, Mother Teresa had raised millions of dollars in the name of helping the poor and the sick, but very little of the money actually went to the cause. The unspent millions most likely ended up in the coffers of the Catholic Church. Is it any wonder that the Catholic Church would rush to declare her a saint?

Canonization is a human creation. Who but God can look inside a person’s heart and see the truth?

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