For decades, Mother Teresa and her work received extensive public interest. In view of all the attention she garnered during her lifetime, and particularly at the time of her death several years ago at the end of August, at the age of 87, THE QUESTION arises:
What was the source of this attractive force drawing SO MANY PEOPLE to her? She would have certainly preferred to remain UNNOTICED. She considered herself just “A PENCIL IN GOD’s HAND” ( Speech, Rome, March 1979) and was convinced that God was using her “NOTHINGNESS” to show “HIS GREATNESS”. She never took credit for her accomplishments and always tried to divert the attention she received to GOD and “HIS WORK” among the poorest of the poor. Yet it was not in God’s providential plan for her to remain unknown. People of all creeds and walks of life recognized her selfless love and compassion for the poor; they admired her simplicity and genuineness, and were attracted by the JOY and PEACE that radiated from her. At the same time, all those who met her, even just once, were left with the sense that there was SOMETHING MORE BEHIND HER PENETRATING GAZE.
Mother Teresa could not hide her work among the poor, but what she did manage to keep hidden— and with astonishing success—were the most profound aspects of HER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. She was determined to keep these secrets of love far from mortal eyes. Her silence now stands as a testimony to her humility and the delicacy of her love. Mother Teresa accepted all the inferior and exterior sufferings God gave her as a PRIVILEGE, using them to fulfill the aim of her life. She knew that after the pain of the Passion, the joy of the Resurrection would dawn. “GOD IS IN LOVE WITH US AND KEEPS GIVING HIMSELF TO THE WORLD– THROUGH YOU–THROUGH ME…”