Blessed Mother Teresa: “The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society.
It has portrayed the greatest of gifts--a child--as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the dependent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners.”
Mother Teresa was a young Loreto nun when she received “a call within
a call” to found the Missionaries of Charity to serve “the poorest of
After obtaining Indian citizenship she did basic medical training,
which prepared her for working in the slums. So difficult was the first
year that she resorted to begging. But it wasn’t long before more young
women joined her. She came to prominence after Malcolm Muggeridge’s 1969
documentary Something Beautiful for God.
For over 45 years Mother Teresa served the poor, the sick, the dying
and the orphaned. When she met Hillary Clinton in 1994 they didn’t agree
on abortion, but Mother Teresa assiduously sought Clinton’s help in
setting up a centre in Washington DC where orphaned babies could be
cared for. Clinton and Mother Teresa were good collaborators and in 1995
the Mother Teresa Home for Infant Children was founded.
Gifted with keen intelligence, Mother Teresa led the expansion of her
order until shortly before her death in 1997. Today the order has over
4,500 Sisters and is active in 133 countries.
Since her death, Mother Teresa has become a role model for people
enduring the dark night of the soul. For over 40 years she felt isolated
from God’s presence, but her doubts never overwhelmed her.