Susan Shields reveals a side of Mother Teresa we haven’t heard before. Susan mentions millions from charitable donations never got to the poor and afflicted. She comments about Mother Teresa turning a blind eye to the poor. Susan also states Mother Teresa had 3 fundamental teachings she followed–Obedience, Suffering and Non-Attachment were part of the rules and regulations that were prevalent in religious congregations before Vatican ll.
As I read this article a few things came to mind. Could it be Mother Teresa was under great obligation to follow the rules and regulations of the church? Of course. Is this part of the obedience vow? Of course. She certainly was from the old school of thought without questioning authority. And maybe she questioned but kept it to herself? Taking on the role of suffering and obedience has been a huge controversy over the years. And as we move forward, much will be questioned.
Lets take this to the next level. When we lose ourselves by agreeing to defy what we know in our heart of hearts to be honorable, what have we ultimately forgotten? What have we allowed? It’s really not about a situation or another person or group, it’s about us. We lose our true self, somehow and there are opportunities to change it. Mother Teresa didn’t do this, obviously. She was one elder woman in a all male system.The funds in question, where did they go? Mother Teresa didn’t live a lavish lifestyle. So, where did the funds go? To the over the top lifestyle of those in the Vatican?
Mother Teresa is very symbolic to many people and will continue to be. At times, was she overwhelmed, I’m sure. Did she allow the pressures of politics cloud her? Sounds like it. Looking at the tremendous responsibility from afar, it makes me dizzy just imagining!
Susan, I have a question for you? What do you think Mother Teresa could of done better? And, do you think it would of been successful? Maybe she was helping you in ways you haven’t yet recognized? First, you are very brave to stand up to what you feel is important– a huge breakthrough, espy what you’ve passionately wrote about! Second, there is a bigger purpose to your experience. One glimpse, for young women who have been afraid to step forward in whatever situation they are in. We are coming into the feminine, and you’ll see more and more of this occurring.
In closing, I had a flashback experience that sort of ties in to this blog. It was a conversation I had with my late father over 23 years ago. I mentioned to him that I was going to therapy. My father had an absolute fit as he felt it was a weakness I shouldn’t have. I was from strong stock. Only the weak seek therapy. He was totally shaken by this decision. And- in his outdated belief system, one never shares family business with anyone! It was like I was going against the family system and in those days was a disgrace to do so. (some still follow this belief) And common that most wanted to keep everything under that dusty worn out carpet,with piles of other unresolved issues. The wild part, Dad lived a dysfunctional life but he didn’t look at it that way as he was the ruler in the family and no one questions the ruler, or else! He thought I was very dysfunctional for receiving therapy. He, along with many in his generation, which includes the Catholic teaching, from the old school of thought…do what I say, not what I do. Follow the rules that things will be OK. I can now say after many years of experiences and soul searching…”Daddy, you indirectly pushed me in blessed directions you were unaware of, or were you? With great gratitude, I thank you for helping me to get to this place in time on this journey called life.”
Susan, blessings on your journey. May you use this experience as a stepping stone for the greater good of all.