By Russell Shaw
(From the issue of 9/1/05)
Thanks to the extraordinary outpouring of admiration and love directed at Mother Teresa of Calcutta not only during her lifetime but since her death in 1997, it’s easy to overlook the fact that some people didn’t and don’t like this holy woman.
Yet even after her beatification two years ago by Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa—foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, Nobel Peace Prize winner, model of selfless service to the needy and suffering—remains a sign of contradiction.
Jesus once identified the fundamental explanation for this phenomenon: "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before you" (John 15.19). Whenever Christ-like goodness appears in this unredeemed world, the world’s ancient enmity toward Christ is certain to reassert itself.