on July 29, 2008
Katie McCloskey's lively account of time spent with Mother Teresa, her Sisters and volunteers in India is not only inspirational but warm, prayerful and deeply hopeful. Before THE CALLING was published, Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk's account of Mother's fifty-year experience of the dark night of the soul, COME BE MY LIGHT, was released: it is a painful experience, overwhelming the reader with as much sadness as admiration at the interior trials Mother endured. THE CALLING underlines the fact that such struggles were not the whole story, that Mother Teresa's warmth, humor, toughness, and utter faith were attractive enough to not only draw many sister candidates but a colorful cast of dedicated, fun-loving, hard-working volunteers from around the world. McCloskey's book is filled with anecdotes of Mother, her Missionaries of Charity, the extraordinary people of India which will lead us into tears, laughter, and the desire to do [as Mother Teresa often said] something beautiful for God. The book is probably best left on ones nightstand for daily meditative reading but once I took THE CALLING up I could not put it down.