Dark Passages by Denyse O'Leary

Dark Passages

Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta”
by Mother Teresa
Doubleday, 2007
(416 pages, $22.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Denyse O’Leary

Over a decade ago, almost unnoticed in the frenzy around the death of Princess Di, Mother Teresa, 87, slipped away. Like Di, she was an international icon, but unlike Di, she was sparing of personal information. Last fall, her letters to her spiritual directors—letters she had wanted destroyed—were published as Come Be My Light, in support of naming her a saint.

Written over the course of half a century, they illuminate the mystical experiences that led her to found the Missionaries of Chari . . .