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Old 03-11-2013, 12:24 AM
 
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LONDON: A study conducted by Canadian researchers has called Mother Teresa "anything but a saint", a creation of an orchestrated and effective media campaign who was generous with her prayers but miserly with her foundation's millions when it came to humanity's suffering.

Mother Teresa 'saint of the media', controversial study says - Times Of India
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:31 AM
 
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:02 AM
 
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she is dead, so she cannot be a saint. the bible clearly speaks of believers in christ as being saints. if you die, you are just dead. done, toast, goodbye, adios, sayonora, sleeping, until the resurrection.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:24 AM
 
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I'd heard this many years ago. Typical of Rome. A complete fraud. Let those suffering die and get the money.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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Interesting. If you read Osho writings you'll see that he used to say this years ago.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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she is dead, so she cannot be a saint. the bible clearly speaks of believers in christ as being saints. if you die, you are just dead. done, toast, goodbye, adios, sayonora, sleeping, until the resurrection.
Let me finish your sentence for you...

"If you die, you are just dead. done, toast, goodbye, adios, sayonora, sleeping, until the resurrection, in my opinion."

Of course, in MY opinion there is the communion of saints - those saints down here on earth and the ones already up in heaven
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:49 PM
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she is dead, so she cannot be a saint. the bible clearly speaks of believers in [C]hrist as being saints. if you die, you are just dead. done, toast, goodbye, adios, sayonora, sleeping, until the resurrection.
That is true of our physical bodies, but not of our soul. Our souls can go to heaven soon after we die. Jesus told the man on the cross beside him "Today you will be with me in paradise" (i.e. heaven).

As for sainthood, a person does not have to live a perfect life to be a saint. No human is without sin. We (and God) take our human limitations into account when judging a person.

I believe these criticisms of Mother Theresa are nothing more than typical anti-Catholic rhetoric. The fact that she didn't turn every poor person in India into a rich person does not mean that she was squandering her "millions" living a prodigal lifestyle.

As for her "finding beauty in the suffering from the poor" (unsourced quote from article), I suspect that maybe she was saying that even the suffering poor can find beauty in sharing in the suffering of Christ, a fundamental virtue of Catholicism. As Christ said in the beatitudes "Blessed are the poor, they shall inherit the earth." If the poor were made rich, it would only be a curse for "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter heaven."
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:58 PM
 
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Meh...it's not the end of the world. She's not my role model and I never knew her. My grandmother was never canonized, but she's a saint to me and inspiration. Besides, it wouldn't be the first time fallible man got it wrong.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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The facts seem to be that she only gave the poor a cot to die on and some rudimentary food and shelter. No drugs to alleviate their suffering or even CURE some who could have easily been cured with common drugs because SHE thought suffering was noble and of God. Then, in her diary she is even claiming that God probably does not exist.

I now believe she was mad and conned the world. I once believed in her, too. What a fool.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:35 PM
 
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I think she did a LOT of good. I think she was a true christian in every sense of the word. I've known many very devout caring, and kind catholics that are dirt poor, even though the catholic church is the wealthiest of them all. I wonder if she ever had control over "finances", and if she just did all that she possibly (as one) could, as the catholic church is very adverse to sharing any of their wealth with anyone outside the vatican. They figure their "blessings" should be enough..... even as they hold their great hand out for more.
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