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“Despite her aging body, Mother Teresa had a childlike purity in her eyes”

2016-03-15

Mother Teresa died almost 20-years-ago but her memory remains very much alive in the people who knew her, such as Father Bernardo Cervellera, director of Asia News website.

FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA
Director, Asia News
"I've  been with her on at least three occasions. The first was in '79, in Calcutta. She was addressing the novices who were about to make their vows and a few days before she had received the Nobel Prize. There she had said that the saddest society is one that allows abortion. "

He notes that one of the things that most impressed him about Mother Teresa was her simplicity. She treated everyone with the same respect; from important people to abandoned lepers in Calcutta.

FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA
Director, Asia News
"I was impressed by the great motherhood and youth she possessed. Despite her aging body, Mother Teresa had a childlike purity in her eyes. Her old body, her rugged, dry face, which seemed almost lifeless. Instead, she transmitted energy, strength and joy, a quiet joy. I was once a driver for her. I had to take her to the Eucharistic Congress in Milan in 1983. I was impressed that throughout the whole trip she was praying with the rosary. She lived in a state of continuous contemplation.”

One of the characteristics that marked the personal life of Mother Teresa was the spiritual darkness that she endured for decades. Father Bernardo Cervellera said that this spiritual darkness did not stop her from being happy.

FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA
Director, Asia News
"Some think that, to put it one way, God is like a drug. One snorts God; you have to feel Him to get to oneself to do things. Actually, in the silence of the cross, there can be a relationship with God, with Christ. I think that Mother Teresa, with this silence and dark night that she lived, she has been even closer to the cross of Christ.”

Mother Teresa was born in 1910 in present-day Macedonia and in 1950, she founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity to help the poor. She devoted herself to them until her death in September 1997. Her funeral was a national event. The streets of Calcutta were swarmed with people in need who accompanied her remains to give her a last farewell.


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