Kresta in the Afternoon – September 5, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: Remembering Mother Teresa

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+  The Love that Made Mother Teresa

  • Description: Most of us remember Mother Teresa as the woman who broke death's stranglehold on the poor of Calcutta and showed us how to conquer the sin and darkness in what she called the slums of the hearts of modern man. But she was also much more than that. David Scott joins us on her feast day with a look at Mother Teresa's private visions and secret sufferings.
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    • David Scott
      David Scott is the Vice Chancellor for Communications for the Archbishop of Los Angeles. He has also held editorial positions at Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Agency. He's the author of "The Love that Made Mother Teresa" and other books.
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    • The Love That Made Mother Teresa

      The countless sweet photos of her smiling at babies showed Mother Teresa to be a single-minded advocate for the poor. But she was a woman with a will whose strength has been matched by few souls in history. Mother Teresa broke death's stranglehold on the poor of Calcutta, and she showed us how to conquer the sin and darkness in what she called the slums of the hearts of modern man. Part biography and part spiritual reading, these pages bring to light little-known stories from Mother Teresa's life that will help you to grow in your love of God. You will learn her approach to reading Scripture, what enabled her to persevere through agonizing nights, and the remarkable -- some would say mystical -- events that led her to start the Missionaries of Charity. In considering Mother Teresa, her private visions, and her secret sufferings, David Scott has discovered scores of early episodes and chance encounters that point to later, larger meanings. These remarkable patterns, he suggests, show that Mother Teresa's life was choreographed from above, as if a divine script had been written for her from before her birth. In these pages, you will meet for the first time the Mother Teresa who challenged the ancient Goddess of Death and became the first saint of our global village. You will read as she describes, in long-secret letters, the dark night of her soul. The woman you will meet is one that God himself sent to you as a clear sign that despite pain and suffering in our lives and in our world, God's good love will prevail . . . beginning in the slums of our hearts. We are all called to holiness, and the saints are sent to us as "real life" examples of God's love. With Mother Teresa as your guide, you'll learn how to follow God's call and find holiness in a world marked by the shadow of death and growing indifference to God. Indeed, you'll learn how to be an everyday missionary of Christ's love in the ordinary activities of your daily life. (learn more)

+  A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve

  • Description: It should surprise no one that Mother Teresa’s canonization took place during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Fr Brian Kolodiejchuk, the postulator for the cause of her canonization, has compiled the best of her unpublished material, revealing more about a humble yet remarkable woman of faith whose influence is felt as deeply today as it was when she was alive. He joins us.
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    • Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk
      Fr. Brian is the postulator of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother Teresa and Director of the Mother Teresa Center. He edited and wrote the commentary for "Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light" and wrote the introduction to "A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve.:"
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    • A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve

      Published to coincide with Pope Francis's Year of Mercy and the Vatican's canonization of Mother Teresa, this new book of unpublished material by a humble yet remarkable woman of faith whose influence is felt as deeply today as it was when she was alive, offers Mother Teresa’s profound yet accessible wisdom on how we can show mercy and compassion in our day-to-day lives. For millions of people from all walks of life, Mother Teresa's canonization is providentially taking place during Pope Francis's Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This is entirely fitting since she is seen both inside and outside of the Church as an icon of God's mercy to those in need. Compiled and edited by Brian Kolodiejckuk, M.C., the postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause for sainthood, A Call to Mercy presents deep yet accessible wisdom on how we can show compassion in our everyday lives. In her own words, Mother Teresa discusses such topics as:

      • the need for us to visit the sick and the imprisoned
      • the importance of honoring the dead and informing the ignorant
      •  the necessity to bear our burdens patiently and forgive willingly
      • the purpose to feed the poor and pray for all
      • the greatness of creating a “civilization of love” through personal service to others
      Featuring never before published testimonials by people close to Mother Teresa as well as prayers and suggestions for putting these ideas into practice, A Call to Mercy is not only a lovely keepsake, but a living testament to the teachings of a saint whose ideas are important, relevant and very necessary in the 21st century. (learn more)

    • Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

      “If I ever become a Saint–I will surely be one of “darkness.” I will continually be absent from Heaven–to light the light of those in darkness on earth.” –Mother Teresa of Calcutta During her lifelong service to the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa became an icon of compassion to people of all religions; her extraordinary contributions to the care of the sick, the dying, and thousands of others nobody else was prepared to look after has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world. Little is known, however, about her own spiritual heights or her struggles. This collection of letters she wrote to her spiritual advisors over decades, almost all of which have never been made public before, sheds light on Mother Teresa's interior life in a way that reveals the depth and intensity of her holiness for the first time. A moving chronicle of her spiritual journey–including moments, indeed years, of utter desolation–these letters reveal the secrets she shared only with her closest confidants. She emerges as a classic mystic whose inner life burned with the fire of charity and whose heart was tested and purified by an intense trial of faith, a true dark night of the soul. (learn more)

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