Mother Teresa of Calcutta - A Personal Portrait
'I remember an incident in one of the Sisters' houses in Rome. A drunken beggar tottered to the convent door and, so as to stand up halfway straight, leaned for a long time on the doorbell. When a Sister hurried to answer, he snapped furiously at her. "Sister, I'm hungry! When are you going to give me something to eat? I've been waiting here forever. What do you do all day that I have to wait here so long? Get going and bring me something!"
The mealtime was long since over, but the Sister turned around and went to the kitchen to prepare something for him. While she was making his lunch an idea occurred to her: She put a bar of chocolate into his lunch bag and brought the bag to him. He took it, murmured something like, "That sure took a long time", and staggered toward a nearby tree. Then he opened the bag and looked at it for a long time. Right on top was the chocolate.
Suddenly he was quite sober; he stood up and went back to the Sisters' house, this time tottering less. He gave a short ring on the bell. Another Sister opened the door. The beggar, who moments ago had been so rude, asked politely whether he might talk for a moment with the Sister who had prepared the lunch bag for him. Someone fetched her and when she appeared at the door, the beggar looked at her with his tired eyes and said, "Sister, now tell me something about your Jesus."'
Mother Teresa's life sounds like a legend. The Albanian girl who entered an Irish order to go to India as a missionary and became an "Angel of the Poor" for countless people. She was greatly revered by Christians as well as Muslims, Hindus and unbelievers, as she and her Sisters of Charity brought the message of Christian love for one's neighbor from the slums of Calcutta to the whole world.
Fr. Leo Maasburg was there as her close companion for many years, traveling with her throughout the world and was witness to countless miracles and incredible little-known occurrences. In this personal portrait of the beloved nun, he presents fifty amazing stories about her that most people have never heard, wonderful and delightful stories about miracles, small and great, that he was privileged to experience at Mother Teresa's side. Stories of how, without a penny to her name, she started an orphanage in Spain, and at the same time saved a declining railroad company from ruin, and so many more.
They all tell of her limitless trust in God's love, of the way the power of faith can move mountains, and of hope that can never die. These stories reveal a humorous, gifted, wise and arresting woman who has a message of real hope for our time. It's the life story of one of the most important women of the 20th century as its never been told before. Illustrated with photos.
Softcover, 206 pages.