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Non Religious Charity and Mother Theresa
« on: December 27, 2013, 12:40:48 PM »
We've discussed the lies about Mother Theresa before, and christians have challenged us to provide information about "atheist charities."

This article touches on both. Written by a man who worked in one of Mother Theresa's horrible hospitals for a couple of months, and who now runs a humanist charity.

http://thehumanist.org/january-february-2014/the-humanist-interview-with-hemley-gonzalez/
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Re: Non Religious Charity and Mother Theresa
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2013, 07:28:45 PM »
WOW!  A very interesting article.  I need to do some reading on Mother Theresa.  Thanks for the viewpoint.

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Re: Non Religious Charity and Mother Theresa
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2013, 08:47:57 PM »
WOW!  A very interesting article.  I need to do some reading on Mother Theresa.  Thanks for the viewpoint.

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Here's some links that you might find interesting. You can get the book from the library, but Amazon hyperlinks come with pretty pictures - http://www.amazon.com/The-Missionary-Position-Mother-Practice/dp/1455523003/

Two videos. One by Hitchens, the other Penn & Teller.



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Re: Non Religious Charity and Mother Theresa
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2013, 10:30:01 PM »
Coincidentally, I just finished reading a memoir by someone who was a nun for the Missions of Charity (Mother Teresa's group).  She was a nun for 20 years before leaving. Very interesting.  It is NOT a scathing denunciation of Mother Teresa although the book is not 100% positive either.

I would recommend it if you want to learn a bit about the "behind the scenes" of being a nun and a bit about Mother Teresa.  The author had some access to her and definitely knew a lot about the running of the order.

I was impressed by this quote from the end of the book and actually wrote it down.  She is speaking, in this quote, about her conversation with a priest who she knew from when she was a nun and then met up with at a conference after she left the order. 

I particularly like the concept of "god" being the best part of you (rather than external).  I don't believe in god, of course, but I do think that any spirituality that we have as human beings comes from within us (our brains) and that is the only rational way to think about it.

Here's the quote:

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“…I don’t have the courage to tell him about the afternoon near dusk when I sat on a hill overlooking a pond in Vermont.  That day I called out to God, loudly.  I yelled, “So are you out there? And if you are, what are you like? Tell me.  I’ve got to know.”  I don’t tell Father Bob about the still, small voice I heard within.  Look inside yourself, the voice said. God is like the best parts of you.

                From there it was a short step to God IS the best parts of you.

                I don’t tell Father Bob how the stories about God no longer ring true, how physics and literature and music feel so much more honest than theology.  I don’t tell him that I’ve learned to be content with mystery, that the universe and its secrets excite me.  I don’t mention that living mindfully, trying to do good while avoiding harm, works better than keeping the Rules [of the religious order] ever did.”

 

--Mary Johnson, An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in search of love, service, and an authentic life.