Mother Teresa’s Shocking Words

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 – the tongue moves [in prayer] but does not speak … I want you to pray for me …”

These words were recorded from the sainted Mother Tersea in a Time Magazine article back in 2007. Though the article was published a few years ago, these words are still shocking to many people (not just Christians) today.

She told people about God’s love, but struggled for the sense of God’s love in her own life.
She told people God brings fulfillment, but felt a deep emptiness in her inner core.
She told people God answers prayer, but struggled to find words in her own praying life.
She told people God will speak to them, but had a difficult time hearing from God herself.
 This sense of God’s distance and apathy lasted the entire 50 years of her ministry in Calcutta, India — a ministry in which she cared for the orphaned, diseased, sick and dying. All of this she did while felling dark, dry, abandoned and lonely. This may astound some, but it should not astound anyone that she was a human being with human feelings and emotions.
What can we learn from this? Many things, but one that come to mind quickly is doubt. We all struggle with it. The question is not, “Will we struggle with doubt?” but rather, “What will we do when those doubts arise?” Stasis (doing nothing) is the worst option.
4 Ways to Cope With Doubt
  • 1.  Abide in Jesus. Translated in Greek, abide (the Greek word is meno) literally means “to make your home in.” When we make our home in his love and all he’s done for us, faith springs forth and doubt diminishes.
More practically, another way to view abiding in Jesus is a devout, pious lifestyle of remaining “in him” constantly via Bible reading, prayer, regular church attending, serving, worship, fellowship, etc. There’s no secret to the Christian faith, but if asked and I had to give an answer, I would respond with two words: in Christ. After all, Jesus said apart from him we can do nothing. There’s no nuance there. He meant that literally.
Feed your faith and your doubts will starve. Neglect your faith and your doubts may turn into death.
  • 2. Think. Remember what you were like before you came to Jesus? Remember the day you came to faith in Christ for the first time? Remember that very difficult season of life that God brought you through? Remember that time of provision that God graciously bestowed on you? Remember what Jesus did for you on the cross? In times of doubt, remember, think, ponder, and mediate on everything God has already done for you. The person who begins to think will soon begin to thank.
  • 3. Community. We were not meant to live the Christian life on our own. We all need community. That is, we all need a church to attend and serve regularly, and Christians around us to encourage continually. Share your doubts with other Christians and allow God to use them to speak into your life and help you with your doubts.
  • 4. A special prayer. When we struggle with doubt or unbelief, we should humbly join in prayer with the father of the boy who was healed of an unclean spirit when he replied to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief!” after Jesus said, “All things are possible for the one who believes” (Mark 9:23-24).
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2 thoughts on “Mother Teresa’s Shocking Words

  1. Yeah no doubt. God began to draw me to him in Jr. High while reading through the Gospels. Weeks later I went to a Jr. High retreat where I heard a powerful message on the cross and God saved me through it. Been following Jesus ever since. What’s yours?

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