Illness Narrative, Depression, and Sainthood: An Analysis of the Writings of Mother Teresa
- S. Taylor Williams
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In 2007, the letters of The Blessed Mother Teresa to her confessors were published for the public in a book entitled Come Be My Light. What surprised many readers was that Mother Teresa felt very distant from God and described feeling great “darkness” for many years. This paper draws parallels between the writings of Mother Teresa and those of writers’ illness narratives describing the psychiatric condition of Depression. The author provides this textual analysis to explore Mother Teresa’s experience within a psychiatric paradigm (Major Depressive Disorder), in comparison with and contrast to the spiritual paradigm of a “Dark Night of the Soul.”
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- Illness Narrative, Depression, and Sainthood: An Analysis of the Writings of Mother Teresa
Journal of Religion and Health
Volume 53, Issue 1 , pp 290-297
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- Mother Teresa
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- 1. Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 920 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, Memphis, TN, 38105, USA