Sometimes the results can be life-changing when inspiration and serendipity come together. When Mary Johnson, author of the memoir An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life, was just a teenager, her life course was altered when she saw a magazine with Mother Teresa’s face on the cover. Feeling an immediate compulsion to read the article in that magazine, Johnson soon knew without a doubt where her future path would lead. From then on, she didn’t give up until she was finally lead to the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa’s order of Catholic sisters.
Johnson’s tale of twenty years as a Missionary of Charity nun, living and working in close contact with Mother Teresa, is quite revealing. Life as a sister in this extraordinarily strict order sometimes sounds shockingly unlike what one might expect. Wanting to help the poor and live a life full of love, Johnson often felt the rules she lived under were in direct contradiction to those desires. Ultimately, she felt she could no longer live with those rules and in that lifestyle, and chose to leave the church.
An Unquenchable Thirst is an incredible journey of self-discovery. It sheds light on the largely unknown world of Catholic sisters, as well as Mother Teresa as an individual – not just a world famous icon. Toward the end it gets a little too political for my personal taste, but all in all I was enthralled by this book. If you are interested in learning more about Mother Teresa, the Missionaries of Charity, or life as a nun, then this book is for you.
Alysia lives in Metro Detroit with her husband and four children. She writes about family life, parenting issues, and other things of interest to her on her blog, Michigal.
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