Following a chance meeting at a bus stop in Rome, one of our SCJ priests, Fr. Michael van der Peet, SCJ, developed a close friendship with Mother Teresa. In letters to him, she shared much about her life, including the challenges faced by her religious community, and even doubts about herself and her work.
Our province video team produced a video for release on September 5, Mother Teresa’s feast day. The focus is on one of her letters to Fr. Michael in which she tells him that her desire is to be a “simple sister” but that she realizes that such a life is not what God wants for her.
“Jesus may do whatever he wills of me without consulting me because I belong to him,” she writes, but adds that in her time of personal doubt “the silence and emptiness is so great. I look and I do not see, I listen but I do not hear. The tongue moves but does not speak, I am helpless.”
Because of his close friendship, Fr. Michael was asked to be on the commission that prepared Mother Teresa’s cause for beatification. She was canonized on September 4, 2016.
Click here to view the video.
If you would like to hear Fr. Michael speak in his own words about Mother Teresa and their friendship, click here to view a video done with him in 2008.
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