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The Letters Movie Review – Tribute to Mother Teresa

The Angelic Path Movie Review: The Letters 

Not many people know that, when I was a teenager, I had thoughts of becoming a nun.  Of course it would it have helped if I had been Catholic, but I was Presbyterian and we don’t have nuns.  And if I had ever voiced my opinion of about such a vocation, I would have never heard the end of it, as my Mother hated the Catholics (which is another long story for another time; essentially however it wasn’t her fault).

At any rate, I had thoughts of being cloistered away in some nunnery or at least doing good deeds for people.  Later as I explored my spiritual path, I found out that I had been a nun (and a monk!) in several past lifetimes, which no doubt helped with these thoughts of becoming a nun when I was teenager in this lifetime.

Today I watched the movie, “The Letters” which starred Juliet Stevenson as Mother Teresa.  The movie was about this wonderful woman’s life and how she was being considered to be a saint.  Apparently she wrote a series of letters throughout her lifetime as she moved from being a sister of the Loreto order in Calcutta, India in the 1930’s and 1940’s to the Reverend Mother of her own congregation in 1950’s.   She went on as an instrument of God serving the poor, the hungry, the unforgotten and the sick, accepting no credit but only insisting she was instrument of Christ and God.  She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and remain steadfast this insistence, despite thousands, albeit millions of people wanting to give her credit for the works with the poor she had done over her lifetime.

The movie is very good, probably a bit too slow for many of today’s audiences, but none the less very important in its poetic justice to a woman of God many times over. I would encourage those of you who are so moved to see the film.

Many of spiritual folks who know about ascended masters believe that Mother Teresa is now an Ascended Master; I know she deserves that title as well as being beautified. I know very little about the woman beyond her reputation, most of us don’t and this movie helps clarify and tell her story. But her dedication and works have always fascinated me and I walked out of the movie with tears in my eyes, as I was deeply moved by her life story.

We should all strive for such love in our work and living with others, no matter whom, what or where they are in their lives. Mother Teresa is surely an instrument of God and personifies the works that Jesus is so credited with doing in his short lifetime.   We admire this woman for her dedication and her love and wish we all could rise to this measure within our own lifetimes.

And perhaps in a small way we each can, as we treat others with understanding and kindness, each and every day.  A simple smile, a helping hand goes a long way in this world.  A small gesture for sure, yet an important one and one that each of us can give every day.

The Angelic PathI have always been fascinated with Saint Francis of Assai; it is said that this quiet monk who loved man and animals alike is the one of the personas of Master Kuthumi.  As Master Kuthumi is one of my main guides and one of the Ascended Masters who I talk to regularly, perhaps this is why I find St. Francis so comforting.  I know I like the fact he cared deeply for animals, which of course, I do too.

During Mother Teresa’s thank you speech for her Nobel Peace Prize, she recited the Prayer of Peace which is most widely attributed to Saint Francis.  I am reproducing it here, as I was not really familiar with it; although I’m sure I’ve heard it before.

But during this film, I really heard it and understood it much more and of course, I grabbed the nearest napkin when Mother Theresa concluded her speech in the movie.  I hope you find this prayer helpful in your everyday quest to Hold the Light, walk the path of angels and give to others. In this turbulent time and in this season of love and peace, this simple prayer may be a worthwhile tool to use to remind us to keep the peace and to love one another, unconditionally as God does with us.

Prayer of Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

As I finished this blog, I quickly did some internet research and found controversy surrounding the velocity of Mother Teresa’s work, the film, and the source of the Prayer of Peace.  Regardless, I stand by what I witnessed and felt today, based on my viewing of the film, “The Letters.”  If you decide to see this film, please note that the drama involved is minimal; this is not an action film, but rather a quiet contemplation of the woman called Mother Teresa, a saint to many in her lifetime.  And whose work from the Other Side continues today.

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