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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
First Sunday of Advent 28.11.10
Going from right (near door) to left (near repository). It will be here for two weeks
It has been loaned to this parish by the nuns of the Missionaries of Charity based in Kilburn.
Some profound words which she uttered are in bold on the exhibits.

During her lifetime, Mother Teresa achieved worldwide fame and acclamation for her good works. Our exhibition, however, highlights areas of Mother Teresa’s life which were not known until after she died: the very direct nature of her call to serve the “poorest of the poor”, and the immense spiritual darkness she experienced for many years after she founded her religious congregation.

The biography on the Missionaries of Charity website tells us that Jesus revealed directly to Mother Theresa “the desire of His heart for ‘victims of love’ who would ‘radiate his love for souls’... He revealed His pain at the neglect of the poor, His sorrow at their ignorance of Him and His longing for their love...”

Inspired and strengthened by these revelations, Mother Teresa left the convent school where she was teaching and went, initially alone, into the slums of Calcutta to tend to the many broken bodies and souls she found there.

As the work and the number of nuns supporting her expanded, Mother Teresa started to experience a spiritual darkness from which she would only once, briefly, emerge. “The whole of Mother Teresa’s life bore witness to the joy of loving... But there was another heroic side of this great woman that was revealed only after her death. Hidden from all eyes... was her interior life marked by an experience of a deep, abiding and painful feeling of being separated from God... Through this experience she mystically participated in the thirst of Jesus – His painful and burning longing for love – and shared in the interior desolation of the poor”.

Please take some time to visit and meditate on the exhibition. Let us pray that, through the intercession of Blessed Mother Teresa, we also may radiate that same love for our families, friends, and the poorest of the poor.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 2:39 pm