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Vol .121 No. 35
31 August 2002
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"Because faith is never perfect," says
one Bible commentary, "Belief and unbelief are often mixed."
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If your faith is not perfect (without doubt) it is not faith at all, let alone faith in the Christ. Faith the substance is perfect with no mixture........ ...................................... Bible Ref: James 1:5-8, Hebrews

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It no doubt comes as something of a surprise, though, to know that Mother Teresa also had her share of insecurities.
   According to a recent article in Adelaide's Catholic newspaper The Southern Cross, in Mother Teresa's letters she refers to her sense of "interior darkness"; of feeling unloved by God, and even makes an admission that she was tempted to doubt his existence.
   "In my soul, I feel just the terrible pain of loss, of God not wanting me, of God not being God, of God not really existing," she once wrote to her spiritual director.
   Coming from someone the world looked to as a living saint (and who will quite likely be declared a saint in the future), these sentiments at first seem startling. It seems incredible that someone famous for her devotion to God and her fellow human beings could feel so insecure, especially in regards to her faith.
   Fr Brian Kolodiejcuk, the priest who is preparing material to support the case for Mother Teresa's beatification, acknowledges that some people might be surprised or even shocked by her struggles. But, he says, Mother Teresa always maintained her faith in God.