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Mother Teresa Canonized or Crucified: Book Review

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Writes Gerard in his book Mother Teresa: Canonized or Crucified:

“The head of the church should follow Mother Teresa’s simple life style. He should forego his luxurious life in the palace, gorgeous dresses, and special protective soldiers and renounce his spiritual living. He should live in an ordinary house and start to lead a simple life.”

Now, I am not a scholar of the Christianity; however, I did see the life of Mother Teresa and also observe the effulgent living of head of the church. I do concur with the suggestion of Gerard that he has offered to the head!

I have recently got to read the book, as I already entitled in the beginning, Mother Teresa: Canonized or Crucified. This is an interesting as well as much informative account of the story of Mother Teresa to her sainthood. How did she get it; how might she have acquired it much earlier; how could it be if the Vatican have acknowledged the saint in Teresa much ago… there are many points that have been elaborated very lucidly. Along with the qualities of Mother Teresa, the book also exposes bare the follies of the church and ‘chauvinistic principles’ that ‘some’ heads in the Christianity spread.


In a way that might be called daring, the author Gerard challenges the authority of the Vatican. He vouches for the yearly neutral auditing of the Vatican funds and also advocates for spending a portion of the income to eradicate poverty and uplift the life of poor around the world. Nevertheless, this very notion is the principle with which the son of God, Jesus, came to the earth, isn’t it?

On page 126, citing many cases of interest related to the Vatican, Gerard unfolds a somehow ‘seeming’ charge that Vatican receives bribe for canonization! He writes:

“As a climax of all these corruptions, it is a pity that Catholic Christians have witnessed that Vatican receives bribe for canonization too. If it is a true story then this would be the greatest corruption of the world.”

Gerard lauds the saint Mother Teresa for her reaction to the call of God and leaving the luxurious life at the convent and reaching out to serve the ‘poorest’ of the poor. He argues very wonderfully how the life of Mother Teresa has been the example for so many nuns and brothers. It’s only the great sacrifice of Teresa that ‘there service centres, which were started as a one-woman show, now have 4500 sisters and 400 brothers serving the poorest of the poor.’

In chapter 14: Some Criticisms and Mother, Gerard has defended the attacks on Mother Teresa very successfully. He has just explained what the Mother said. Mother Teresa was also the centre of criticism and attacks on several grounds. Even the Staunch Christians have attacked her on the ground of faith. However, she did not succumb to their criticism and kept with her service to the needed. Gerard has wonderfully summed up the purpose of Mother Teresa:

“If the whole world was full of love, there would be no place for suffering and worry.”

Now I would finish by saying that the book Mother Teresa: Canonized or Crucified is a must read not only for the Christians around the world but also those who want to learn about Mother Teresa. Here is an author who has been fighting for a corruption-free church throughout his life. His observations are wonderful and facts are perfectly referenced. As a reader, you will get to know what the Vatican has been up to all these years. There are information in the book that every aware person needs to know! So, don’t wait and plan – get a copy of the book from Amazon or anywhere else online and finish the wonderful book in a go!
Happy Reading!

Alok Mishra

First and foremost a poet, Alok Mishra is an author next. Apart from these credentials, he is founder & Editor-in-Chief of Ashvamegh, an international literary magazine and also the founder of BookBoys PR, a company which helps writers brand themselves and promote their books. On this blog, Alok mostly writes about literary topics which are helpful for literature students and their teachers. He also shares his poems; personal thoughts and book reviews.

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