Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship

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A brush with fame blossomed into something far more spiritual, much longer lasting and infinitely more beautiful...

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle will never forget the first time she laid eyes on Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Hunched, frail, not much taller than Donna's six-year-old daughter, the aging servant of the poorest of the poor cut an unassuming figure awaiting the start of Mass with Her Missionary of Charity sisters. They would speak briefly after the liturgy Mother Teresa wanted to meet the mother of such reverent and grace-filled children and then spend the next ten years intermittently sharing hopes, dreams, and prayers through the mail and in face-to-face conversations.

With Mother Teresa and Me, Donna-Marie invites you to step inside her deeply personal experiences with one of the greatest souls of modern times. Take her up on the offer and don't be surprised if you, too, find your heart blessed and your soul inspired by the diminutive nun who left an enormous impression on Donna-Marie and on the whole world. .

From the National Catholic Register: Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle was raising a family over 20 years ago when she unexpectedly met Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Over the next 10 years, not only did the correspondence she began with the saintly nun grow into friendship, but Cooper O'Boyle's life was changed by her exposure to the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity. She became a writer, speaker, blogger and a lay Missionary of Charity. Although to claim friendship with Mother Teresa could be seen as boasting, Cooper O'Boyle manages to relate her story in a spirit of humility, keeping the focus on Mother Teresa's words and wisdom. In fact, she writes, she initially kept her correspondence with Mother Teresa quiet for fear of succumbing to pride and because she thought people might not understand. Cooper O'Boyle had her first personal encounter with Mother Teresa while in Washington. A priest suggested that her family visit the terminally ill residents of Gift of Peace House, part of a Missionaries of Charity convent, and while there, they were invited to Mass at the sisters' chapel. Cooper O'Boyle was pleased to discover that Mother Teresa was present at the Mass she attended. Not only that, she hugged her 6-year-old daughter and approached her 2-year-old daughter, asking, "Is this the baby who was singing at Mass?" Cooper O'Boyle decided to send Mother a thank-you note and was amazed to receive a reply a few weeks later. "More than her words, it was the realization that Mother Teresa had taken the time to respond to a suburban mom in America that moved me so deeply," Cooper O'Boyle recalls in her book. The letter would be the first of 22 over the next decade. Some are reprinted in the book. Mother Teresa's letters always seemed to contain just what Cooper O'Boyle needed to hear. On one occasion, when the author was in desperate need of prayer and guidance for a problem she does not disclose, she was able to speak with Mother by phone. Hearing and receiving counsel regularly from a woman who would be beatified after her death saw Cooper O'Boyle through many difficulties, including two high-risk pregnancies. During one, she was required to rest, which gave her time to begin writing about motherhood. She later shared her manuscripts with Mother Teresa, who read them and urged her to continue writing. Mother Teresa and Me tells the story of this relationship very nicely, weaving in details from her life and lessons she learned from Mother Teresa. The photos showing Mother with the author's children complement the text beautifully.

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I am praying that this book will really stir your heart and soul to see Calcutta right in your midst and inspire you to begin to minister to others as dear Mother Teresa has done. While you probably won't be picking the dying up out of the gutters as she did, your loving words and prayerful actions towards those in your own homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods will truly help to transform hearts and earn grace.  You can watch a YouTube video of my interview on EWTN's Bookmark show about this book: viewdomesticchurch.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-ewtn-bookmark-interview-with-doug.html 

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Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle is a widely published author, journalist, popular speaker, catechist, and EWTN host. Her books include A Catholic Woman's Book of Prayers (Our Sunday Visitor), Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers (Our Sunday Visitor), Catholic Saints Prayer Book (Our Sunday Visitor), The Heart of Motherhood (Crossroad), Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine Month Novena for Mothers to Be (Crossroad), The Domestic Church: Room By Room (Servant), and Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering (Circle Press).

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