"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012
The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch
Mother Teresa was not a Benedictine, but she was one chosen by God to be a model in the twentieth century of what it means "to seek God", which is why we have an article on her here. Christian love, in its very essence, is not a matter of feelings but of the synergy, or harmony, between the Holy Spirit and our own human will. At the time Jesus was perfectly fulfilling the will of his Father in love, he exclaimed, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!". Similarly, St Paul wrote to the Corinthians a passage that describes Mother Teresa's vocation exactly: "We are afflicted in every way...always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you." (2 Cor. 4. vv 7 - 12)
For over forty years, from the time she responded to Christ's call to leave all to share the life of the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa lived in a most terrible desolation, all the more painful because of her previous close contact with Jesus. Her religious emotions were dead. But millions of others saw the face of the risen Christ in her even though she could not see him herself. She never stopped seeking him in front of a closed door; yet many people found in her the door that led straight to him. Death was at work in her so that life could be at work in those she met or even only saw her photo. Desolation was the cost of spiritual motherhood.