I Thirst: The Spirituality of Mother Teresa

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“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” (Mother Teresa)

Course Overview
Mother Teresa is a saint from our lifetime, who gained global recognition for her wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor. Where did her secret inner fire come from? These four classes will address her vocation, her unique charism and spirituality, and her controversial spiritual darkness. The final class will include a screening of the only documentary film about her that she ever endorsed.

The course starts on Thursday, April 12 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm and will meet for four Thursdays until May 3. Classes are held at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (5200 Glennon Dr., St. Louis, MO 63119).

Course Outline

  • April 12 – Who was the real Mother Teresa? Why was she famous? Who are the Missionaries of Charity? What was Mother Teresa’s mystical vision on that train in India? What do people who met her say about her? (See “Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire” by Fr. Joseph Langford, MC)
  • April 19 – What is Catholic spirituality? How do we name our own spirituality? How did Mother Teresa pray? How does her community pray? How can this influence my prayer as a young adult? (See “Where There is Love, There is God” edited by Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC)
  • April 26 – What was this forty-year year period of interior darkness all about for Mother Teresa? Did she stop believing in God? Was she experiencing spiritual desolation? Was this the dark night of the soul? Why would God let her go through this? How did all of this become public knowledge? (See “I Have Loved Jesus in the Night” by Fr. Paul Murray, OP)
  • May 3 – For the last class, we will encounter Mother Teresa together through the only documentary film she ever authorized, produced by Ann and Jeanette Petrie (1986, 82 mins).


Deacon Taylor Leffler is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska currently completing his studies at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. He has worked with the Missionaries of Charity since 2012. Alongside the sisters, he has encountered the poorest of the poor throughout the United States, in Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Guatemala. He will be ordained a parish priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha this June.

Event Details

Date(s) - March 14, 2018 - April 12, 2018
All Day

Kenrick–Glennon Seminary

Presented by:
Discipulus Institute

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