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Written Word > Articles & Commentaries > July 2010 > The Lesson of Calcutta
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Chad Vella
Thank you Word on Fire for another striking, arresting article. Other than the stories of deep suffering that Fr. Barron relates, three things in this article leap out at me: (i) the voice telling Mother Teresa to take the light of Christ to the darkest places, (ii) the "poorest of the poor" and (iii) the key to joy. As to the voice, isn't the work of Word on Fire--bringing the light of Christ into the broader culture-- a response to the same call? Some of the darkest places are a lot nearer to many of us than Calcutta. Any place where Jesus name is known and loved is a place of light as any place where Jesus is unknown or rejected is very dark. And in the measure that any of us rejects Jesus, we are truly the poorest of the poor no matter how much material wealth we have. As for Fr. Barron's key to having joy, I hope I'll stop nodding my head in agreement and start living this truth today.
7/8/2010 12:46:21 PM
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Brandon Vogt
Wow--words to sear the soul. How grand a God who hides His most brilliant flames in the most Hellish places in our world.
7/8/2010 1:12:41 PM
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michael jaffray king
Having Mother Theresa is like holding a Trump Card in a time of Scandal such as we have today in our wonderful Catholic Church. It is hard for anyone to deny that the sisters of Charity are doing a marvellous job.
Having lived nearly a quarter of my long life in that country and having been born there it is easy for me to see and and re experience the pictures so aptly described by Father B. The smells, squalor and abject poverty of the poor in India is
enough to make even the hardest businessman gulp down a few tears. When arriving in Mumbai at a modern airport and then travelling by taxi through Asia's biggest slum before arriving at the Taj Hotel is a ride of sharp and dramatic contrasts never to be forgotten. Although I have never been to Calcutta, I am so glad that Father has and that now the Catholicism Project has this much needed 20th and 21st century miracle recorded.
7/12/2010 9:25:59 PM
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Brandon Vogt
You're right on, Michael. Skeptics propose the "problem of evil" or the "problem of pain" as evidence against God.

But they must respond to the "problem of the Saints". If God is not real, how can you explain the Saints?

The utter selflessness of Mother Teresa in a thorn in the side of serious atheists. She is completely unexplainable without recognizing the movements of Jesus in her life.
7/13/2010 7:29:24 AM
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michael jaffray king
Brandon that was so very encouraging of you. I have just used the example of "Trying to appease an angry anti catholic."
I would love to send it to you but would need your email.
Here is mine for what it is worth.
michaeljaffrayk@yahoo.co.uk
I hope I haven't broken all the rules???!!!
7/13/2010 10:55:30 AM
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