The late Mother Teresa is considered to be a Saint by the Catholic Church. The life she led was the epitome of Catholic ideals. She selflessly devoted her life to helping the impoverished and suffering.

If the Catholic faith was based on truth, if anyone could have been living proof of that, it should have been Mother Teresa; however, recently letters written by her have surfaced in which she writes about how she lost her faith but kept up appearances.

“In dozens of letters spanning 66 years, Mother Teresa described the ’emptiness’ she felt and confessed her struggles with faith and the existence of heaven in pages she had planned to have destroyed.” (from http://abcnews.go.com/WN/story?id=3521905&page=1)

Other quotes from the letters:

“Where is my faith? Even deep down… there is nothing but emptiness and darkness… If there be God — please forgive me.” (from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/letters-reveal-mother-teresas-secret/)

“Such deep longing for God… Repulsed, empty, no faith, no love, no zeal…” (from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/letters-reveal-mother-teresas-secret/)

“Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear.” — Mother Teresa to the Rev. Michael Van Der Peet, September 1979 (from http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1655720,00.html#ixzz2mwI2WjV3)

The article “Letters Reveal Mother Teresa’s Secret” (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/letters-reveal-mother-teresas-secret/) sums it up by saying, “According to her letters, Mother Teresa died with her doubts. She had even stopped praying, she once said. The church decided to keep her letters, even though one of her dying wishes was that they be destroyed. Perhaps now we know why.”

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