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Theresa's Dark Night

Mother Theresa experienced the Dark Night throughout her life, but especially from 1852-1859. To understand the special character of her experience it may be helpful to recall the teaching of St. John of the Cross whose writings give some characteristics of this experience. Letters #1250 and #1364 offer a picture of her own experience of the Dark Night.

The poetry of St. John of the Cross is a classic representation of the faithful person who experiences the depths of betrayal from one’s church, community, or closest circle of friends. Listen to a reading of two of his poems in Spanish. Or, you can view the English text of The Living Flame of Love or The Ascent of Mount Carmel.

Poems are read in Spanish by Brother Michael Avila, FSC.


Cultural Context
Sent in Time
A Woman's Place
Gathering Storm
Papal Appeal
Theresa's Dark Night
Missionary Spirit
Bavarian Hall of Fame
Letter of De Lubac

John of the Cross Poem
Mother Theres'a Dark Night

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