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The Complete Story: Mother Theresa wasn’t the Living Saint you thought she was, at Least

Mother Theresa’s emphasis on ‘the poorest of the poor and the lowest of the low’ served to reinforce the impression of Calcutta as a city of dreadful night, an impression which justly irritated many Bengalis.


“The flood of donations was considered to be a sign of God’s approval of Mother Theresa’s congregation.

We were told that we received more gifts than other religious congregations because God was pleased with Mother, and because the Missionaries of Charity were the sisters who were faithful to the true spirit of religious life.

Our bank account was already the size of a great fortune and increased with every postal service delivery. Around $50 million had been collected in one checking account in the Bronx…

Those of us who worked in the office regularly understood that we were not to speak about our work. The donations rolled in and were deposited in the bank, but they had no effect on our ascetic lives or on the lives of the poor we were trying to help”Ms Shields.

The Confession of one of the sisters in the Convent

Author’s Note: Note that this story is based on the life of Mother Theresa which was in the 80’s and 90’s. We are not particulate about the amazing things you have heard about Mother Theresa which is good anyway. The reason for this is presenting the facts nobody wants to talk about.

For sure. Those prepared to listen to criticism of Mother Theresa’s questionable motives and patently confused sociological policy are still inclined to believe that her work is essentially humane.

Surely, they reason, there is something morally impressive in a life consecrated to charity. If it were not for the testimony of those who have seen the shortcomings and contradictions of her work firsthand, it might be sufficient argument, on the grounds that Mother Theresa must have done some genuine good for the world’s suffering people.

You know as much as I do that Mother was called The Living Saint and after death was canonized by Pope Francis.

New wordCanonized – in the Roman Catholic Church it means to officially declare a dead person to be a saint.

We all know how Mother Theresa went to the streets of Calcutta to selflessly uplift the lives of thousands of impoverished, sick people through her endless charity.

She was a global icon in the 80’s and 90’s: the seasons she was constantly featured in movies, TV shows and books. For sure she inspired millions to commit selfless acts of charity. But looking closer it’s clear that her sainthood was not at all deserved.

Before you think too far, what did you know about Calcutta? A gutter or a place where people were dying of starvation?

Calcutta was a Gutter or a place for the poor – Not really

In Muggeridge’s book, “Something Beautiful for God”, a book that we can date the arrival of Mother Theresa’s ‘image’ on the international retina. Essential to Muggeridge’s project, essential indeed to the whole Mother Theresa cult, is the impression that Calcutta was a hellhole:

As it happened, Muggeridge lived in Calcutta for eighteen months in the middle thirties when he was working with the Statesman newspaper there, and found the place, even with all the comforts of a European’s life – the refrigerator, the servants, out at the Jodhpur Club, and so on – barely tolerable.

Mother Theresa

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Mother Theresa’s emphasis on ‘the poorest of the poor and the lowest of the low’ served to reinforce the impression of Calcutta as a city of dreadful night, an impression which justly irritated many Bengalis.

Bangalis and Bangalees are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group native to the Bengal region in South Asia, specifically in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, presently divided between Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Benga.

In Muggeridge’s words. He said.

“The pleasant surprise that awaits the visitor to Calcutta is this: it is poor and crowded and dirty, in ways which are hard to exaggerate, but it is anything but abject. Its people are neither inert nor cringing. They work and they struggle, and as a general rule (especially as compared with ostensibly richer cities such as Bombay) they do not beg.

This is the city of Tagore, of Ray and Bose and Mrinal Sen, and of a great flowering of culture and nationalism. There are films, theaters, university departments and magazines, all of a high quality.

The photographs of Raghubir Singh are a testament to the vitality of the people, as well as to the beauty and variety of the architecture. Secular-leftist politics predominate, with a very strong internationalist temper: hardly unwelcome in a region so poisoned by brute religion”.

The Theory of Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa had a theory of poverty, which was also a theory of submission and gratitude. She had also a theory of power, which derived from St Paul’s neglected words about ‘the powers that be’, which ‘are ordained of God’.

She was, finally, the emissary of a very determined and much politicized papacy (in authority). Her world travels were not till wanderings of a pilgrim but a campaign which accords with the requirements of power.

Mother Theresa had a theory of morality too. It is not a difficult theory to comprehend, though it has its difficulties. And Mother Theresa understood very thoroughly the uses of the biblical passage concerning what is owed to Caesar.

Mother Theresa’s Sainthood Was Not At All Deserved

If you look closely, it won’t be obvious that her sainthood was not at all deserved. When the Church set about to canonize her in order to improve the image of the Roman Catholic Church, researchers found a well of depravity in her dealings.

But before that, let’s see the hallmark of being a saint in those times.

The hallmark of sainthood, required the certification of a miracle. Mother Theresa was already worshiped as something more than human, but she did not transcend our common lot to the extent of being cited as a wonder-worker by Mother Church.

The printout of the titles provided Christopher Hitchens – the author of The Missionary Position – by the Library of Congress showed that almost all were published in the 1980s and 1990s, and it wasn’t until Mugger had been through the list that he noticed what was not there: a 1971 book by Malcolm Muggeridge which argued, that Mother Theresa’s miracle had already taken place. This never happened only a coincidence – recorded in the book ‘the Missionary Position’.

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