When Mother Teresa died three years ago, she had written nothing forpublication, and though she had given countless speeches, she never spokefrom notes. This collection of her stories, as remembered by one of herfollowers, is one of the few documents we have containing the wisdom ofthe missionary leader.

Unfortunately, the image of Mother Teresa that comes across in "ReachingOut in Love" is that of a Delphic oracle crossed with a Hallmark cardfactory. What are we to make of the tale of the man who lost his passport?Mother Teresa pulled every possible bureaucratic string to help him get anew one--and when the new passport came through, she attributed it to the power of prayer alone. Particularly strange is Mother Teresa'smedical advice. There's one story in which she strongly advises a priestwith an ulcer against having surgery, recommending instead that he drinkmilk and eat biscuits. He does so, and the ulcer disappears. Is thissupposed to be a miracle--or can it simply be attributed to thecurative power of milk and biscuits?

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