Mother Teresa, the diminutive nun who devoted her life to the sick and dying in the slums of Calcutta, is expected to be declared a saint later this year by the Vatican, a mere ten years after her death.
She was one of the world's great examples of how deep faith can give a person the strength to sacrifice, to persevere, to do good.
But now comes a book of her letters, letters she'd ordered destroyed, that show she struggled for decades with terrible doubts about the very existence of God. It's a stunner, a fascinating window into the soul of an icon, and into the very nature of faith.
This hour On Point: Mother Teresa's letters and her long, dark night of the soul.
Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, editor and co-author of "Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta," principal advocate for Mother Teresa's cause for canonization, and co-founder of Missionaries of Charity Fathers
Reverend James Martin, Associate Editor of America Magazine and author of "My Life with the Saints".
This program aired on August 30, 2007.