Poverty and interiority in Mother Teresa

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Davies, Rachel. (2019). Poverty and interiority in Mother Teresa. Theological Studies. 80(4), pp. 967-985. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040563919874512
AuthorsDavies, Rachel
Abstract

This article examines how Mother Teresa’s practice of evangelical poverty developed and diverged from some of the great mendicant traditions. It argues that she linked evangelical and interior poverty by establishing existential communion with the poor—not material renunciation—as the deepest expression of Christ-imitation. While mendicant Neoplatonists believed a certain kind of interior poverty was necessary for spiritual growth, Mother Teresa’s aim was to console the suffering Jesus through self-denial and solidarity. The article traces how this understanding developed for her, and some of the ways it may have contributed to her feelings of darkness.

Keywordsdark night; evangelical counsels; interiority; mendicancy; Mother Teresa; poverty; redemptive suffering
Year2019
JournalTheological Studies
Journal citation80 (4), pp. 967-985
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
ISSN0040-5639
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0040563919874512
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85076815192
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range967-985
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Online01 Dec 2019
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Deposited17 May 2021
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