Saintly virtue

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I enjoy reading Tony Norman's columns, and I usually agree with him, but in his recent column about Mother Teresa ("Mother Teresa Was Only Human, Too" March 12), I think he was right to examine her life closely, but I think he arrived at dubious conclusions.

First, I do think there are human beings who live their lives in a way that sets them apart. Sports halls of fame and monuments reflect that. In the Catholic Church, we believe there are human beings who have lived their lives in a way that points to Jesus Christ.

Second, I don't think Mother Teresa ever strove for sainthood or would call herself a saint. I think she saw herself only as a servant of Jesus and of His suffering brothers and sisters.

Third, I would recommend a book for Tony to read by another no-nonsense journalist, Malcolm Muggeridge. The book is called "Something Beautiful for God" and in that book Muggeridge recounts interviews he had with Mother Teresa and how he moved from skeptic to admirer. Something more than personality was at work in his transformation.

Fourth, Tony mentions criticisms about the way Mother Teresa and her order treat the dying. That may have merit or not, but all I know is that no one else was even paying attention to the dying on the streets of Calcutta. Unlike the Levite and the priest in the parable of the Good Samaritan, Mother Teresa stopped and cared, and in my estimation, that sets her apart from me and very close to Christ.

JOE MCDONAGH
Kearneysville, W.V.


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