From what I know, Mother Teresa experienced the dark night of the soul for many years, experiencing desolation and doubts. After her death, when this was revealed, a journalist wrote how the letters she left behind proved that she was not the holy person the world had thought her to be. On the contrary, that she continued to love God and serve God's poorest faithfully without interior consolations and peace, shows how holy she really was. She loved completely, despite her feelings or lack thereof.
I read today that Mother Teresa will be canonized a saint on September 5, 2016. This made me smile because I remember when my oldest niece was choosing her Confirmation name and chose Teresa. I asked her if she was being named after Theresa of Avila or the Little Flower. She told me that she was taking the name of Teresa after Mother Teresa, who at that time was still alive. In her teens, my niece had already recognized holiness in our midst. It is so very good that finally, this holy woman will soon be known as St. Teresa of Calcutta.
Sometimes we picture the saints as people who have it all together or who find it easy to give, to forgive or to pick one dying person after another off the dirty streets of Calcutta. Holiness takes effort. It is the constant striving to love God at every moment, no matter what that moment holds.
My prayer is that I may learn anew from Mother Teresa, the woman who I remember so well from earlier years. I pray that I may heed her words, asking us to "Live simply so that others may simply live." I want to remember her mantra of always measuring my love for Christ by the five words "You did it for Me." When my life holds moments of dark suffering and hurt, I want to remember her example of faithfulness as she carried a cross which was hidden from our sight.
If you see The Letters, I would love to hear your feedback. May this movie be a source of many graces for all who view it.