except for her close spiritual confidants.
With a swing of the thurible to Rocco, there's a new book forthcoming from Doubleday regarding Mother Theresa of Calcutta's spiritual dryness during nearly five decades of life.
As the article points out, she was able to do what she did with an intense absence of God's presence. For her, it was the purification that she needed to become the living saint and icon of Christ to a world greatly in need of God's love.
Her story, her dryness, will be and is an inspiration for all those who think that connection with God equals a great elation of feeling and spirit. That simply is not the case. I think that the path to holiness is as much in the humdrum of daily life as it is in the occasional moments of intense spiritual joy and/or agony.
What a unique and wonderful journey that she was on, and from which she continues to teach us all.
Mother Theresa of Calcutta, pray for us.