Sunday, December 20, 2015

St. Mother Teresa?

Mother Teresa’s first miracle required to be made a saint was officially recognized in 1998, one year after her death, her intercession reportedly cured an Indian woman of a stomach tumor. Monica Besra explained “There was no way any doctor would have operated on me at that hour,” Besra told TIME of writhing in pain in a home that was run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity on Sept. 5, 1998. “So the nuns just started praying and kept a Mother Teresa medallion on my stomach. The pain subsided, and the tumor vanished.”

Besra’s husband, Seiku, would later say that he believed that medicine had cured his wife, not divine intervention, Mother Teresa’s first miracle was officially recognized by the Vatican and counted toward her beatification in 2003. “It’s much an ado about nothing. My wife was cured by the doctors and not a miracle…This miracle is a hoax.”

Doctors Tarun Kumar Biswas and Ranjan Mustafi said Besra indeed had a lump in her stomach but it was not a full-grown tumour and she responded steadily to several months of treatment.

Details of the second miracle are hard to come by with the name of man suffering from brain tumours being withheld. The unidentified man in Santos, Brazil, was in a coma and about to undergo an emergency operation when a neurosurgeon "returned to the operating room and found the patient inexplicably awake and without pain," the statement said. The patient made an immediate and full recovery. Despite tests showing that prolonged drug treatment had made him sterile, he went on to have two children,

 When Mother Teresa is be canonised, no fewer than four countries will celebrate her as their own saint. She was born in what is now the the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, and she lived most of her life in India, where she died and was buried. Albania, which still claims her remains, named the airport, a square and a hospital in the capital Tirana after her, has made Oct. 19, the day she was beatified, a national public holiday. Macedonia has opened a museum containing relics and memories from her early in Skopje, where she lived until she was 18, and built a several-meters high bronze statue of her. Kosovo, meanwhile, named the main street in its capital Pristina in her honor.


ajohnstone said...

'A friend of poverty, not of the poor'

Evidence - and her own words - show that Mother Teresa was not so much a "champion of the poor" but a religious fanatic who took pleasure in their suffering. Not only did she refuse to alleviate the pain of her patients but she gloried in it. As she herself said: "I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people." She once told a patient "You are suffering like Jesus on the crossSo Jesus must be kissing you." (The suffering patient screamed back: "Then tell your Jesus to stop kissing me.")

Her famous 'Home for the Dying' in Calcutta was deliberately kept as barren, destitute and inadequate to the needs of her patients as possible. This, according to Teresa, was God's will. Even though the donations from wealthy patrons were enough to fund a number of world-class clinics, her patients languished in Dickensian poverty. In 1994, Robin Fox, of the medical journal Lancet, shocked many by saying that her "TB patients were not isolated and syringes were washed in lukewarm water before being used again. Even patients in unbearable pain were refused painkillers, not because the order did not have them but on principle". Fox was only one of many who have reported back about the true nature of Teresa's ministry, only to be ignored. She also befriended dictators and demagogues (the Duvaliers, the wife of Albanian tyrant Enver Hoxha, the corrupt Charles Keating and tycoon Robert Maxwell). Teresa had no problem with the rich appropriating the wealth of the earth, leaving millions starving. Otherwise how would the poor be able to offer up their pain in order to be saved?

She cited abortion as being the "worst evil and the greatest enemy of peace". In Ireland, in 1993, she said: "Let us promise Our Lady that we will never allow in this country a single abortion." There was loud applause. She continued: "And no contraceptives." She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty which is the empowerment of women.


"Albania, which still claims her remains, named the airport, a square and a hospital in the capital Tirana after her, has made Oct. 19, the day she was beatified, a national public holiday."

And Norman Wisdom is popular there too. All a bit of a bad joke!