Mother Teresa [wiki], who worked tirelessly to help the poor, sick and orphaned in Kolkata, India, was a symbol of religious compassion - she was even beatified after her death (a step toward sainthood).
Now, letters written by Mother Teresa revealed her deep and unending spiritual torment:
Shortly after beginning work in Calcutta's slums, the spirit left Mother Teresa.
"Where is my faith?" she wrote. "Even deep down… there is nothing but emptiness and darkness... If there be God — please forgive me."
Eight years later, she was still looking to reclaim her lost faith.
"Such deep longing for God… Repulsed, empty, no faith, no love, no zeal," she said.
As her fame increased, her faith refused to return. Her smile, she said, was a mask.
"What do I labor for?" she asked in one letter. "If there be no God, there can be no soul. If there be no soul then, Jesus, You also are not true."
The letters were gathered by Rev. Kolodiejchuk, who said that the insight will actually help Mother Teresa reach sainthood:
"Now we have this new understanding, this new window into her interior life, and for me this seems to be the most heroic," said Rev. Kolodiejchuk.