A pastor in the Greg
Irish Jesuit Gerry Whelan, who teaches pastoral theology and fundamental theology in the Gregorian University, Rome, is coordinating a series of public lectures for the centenary of Mother Teresa’s birth, focussing on the effects of her “dark night of the soul”. Mother Teresa came to accept this as a grace of experiencing solidarity with poor people’s sense of abandonment, and of recognizing that Christ is still being crucified in the poor today. In his own contribution Gerry draws on his experience of being pastor of a slum parish in Nairobi, Kenya, and shows the relevance of Mother Teresa’s radical spiritual solidarity with the poor for the kind of “preferential option for the poor” spoken of by liberation theologians. Read more.