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The Ugly Truth About Saint Teresa Of Calcutta


Saint Teresa

We believe that the life of St. Teresa of Calcutta was a life lived out of love, which means we believe that she was a humble woman who cared deeply for her fellow man. But how can we know what St. Teresa was really liking? Her writings are often vague and do not present an accurate picture of what life was really like for her.

Biography Of Saint Teresa


In the biography of St. Teresa of Avila by Francisco C. Villamizar, it is stated that “Avila did not read the Bible because he was not interested in reading it and because of his mother who made him read it at least once every day.” So we cannot say for sure that Avila did not read the Bible because we don’t know the exact length of time he spent reading it. However, we know that he did read from the New Testament to the Old Testament as a boy and from the Gospels to the Old Testament. What we can say is that he certainly was not ignorant of the Bible when he died.

 Saint Teresa of Calcutta
The Ugly Truth About Saint Teresa Of Calcutta

Struggles With Addiction: Saint Teresa


St. Teresa did, however, write about her struggles with addiction and alcoholism, which she felt led to an imbalance between spiritual and worldly life. Her writings indicate that in some cases, these feelings could have been alleviated through the use of drugs or alcohol, but that there were other times when they were not.

Mission Of San Juan Del Carmen


The biography of St. Teresa of Avila indicates that St. Teresa was born in the Province of Santo Domingo. She lived in the Mission of San Juan Del Carmen during her early years. She did well in school, and it was during her junior year at San Miguel College that she had a vision. Afterward, she was sent on a mission to the Province of Valle del Este, and this time, she received much more attention. When she returned from Valle del Este, she began writing.


There are several things we know about St. Teresa that are contradictory. One is that she loved flowers and used to put fresh rose petals on her head while sleeping. In her biography, it is said that St. Teresa used to sleep with her arms folded over her chest and always prayed for the happiness of people she knew. Her family said she was not religious, but they were not aware of any religious teaching that she might have received.

People Praying For St. Teresa

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The Ugly Truth About Saint Teresa Of Calcutta


Another contradiction is that St. Teresa loved to have people pray for her and not allow them to see that she was in pain. She said that she was a praying woman who never asked for anything except that God gives her strength and faith to live.
One of the best biographies of St. Teresa of Avila that we have seen says that she was a “saint” in the sense that she did not accept death as a final step in her earthly journey. She believed that she had lived her life to the fullest, even dying several times to bring others closer to God. Her life has been called “the life of faith,” and that is probably an understatement.

St. Teresa A Saint


If St. Teresa of Avila was a saint, then is there a comparable stature in our modern culture today who can be considered such? The answer may not be obvious to some, but we believe it is possible to consider Mother Theresa.
Mother Theresa was a Christian minister who was born in Russia but converted to Roman Catholicism after her death. Although she was a Catholic, she did not profess the faith in public.

In terms of how she lived her life, Mother Theresa did not avoid work, although some people said she was not concerned with the suffering of others because she was not concerned with that. Others saw her as a hermit who lived by herself, refusing to share her joys with anyone else.

Final Words


When Mother Theresa died, her body was cremated and was buried in the Catholic Church cemetery in Krakow, Poland. Still, her remains were given to the nuns who maintained the Missionaries of Charity for several years before being moved to San Juan Del Carmen, Puerto Rico, where they stayed until the mission was abandoned in the 1970s. As her name implied, Mother Theresa’s religious convictions and her humility helped her achieve great success.

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