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Doubt seems normal

September 07, 2007

Re "A doubting Teresa," editorial, Sept. 1

I am not convinced that "doubt" was Mother Teresa's greatest enemy. Doubt is a normal human condition. I believe that Mother Teresa's suffering had more to do with depression than doubt. I see doubt as a natural response to depression. Silence and emptiness speak of depression, not a loss of faith. I don't believe that Mother Teresa ever really doubted God's existence.

As for me, it is nice to know that Mother Teresa was human. But do I believe for a minute that she was living a lie? No way!

Nathan Post

Santa Barbara

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It is not surprising that Mother Teresa and other good people have severe doubts that their God is all-loving. They rightly question why God, who has unlimited resources and power, allows the existence of the poverty and disease that Mother Teresa tried to ameliorate. By standing by and merely watching his creatures suffer when it is in his power to alleviate their suffering, God demonstrates cruelty rather than love.

Sylvan Gollin

Claremont

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I recently read the Time magazine article about Mother Teresa not concerned about her being scandalized. I was mildly interested in the magazine's implication that she was indeed human like the rest of us.

She was indeed, but she followed her faith, which led her to do wonderful work for peace and justice.

Patricia Hug

Irvine

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