25 September, 2020

“I Had Never Even Heard Of Her Before She Cured Me”

The woman whom Mother is suppo­sed to have “healed” after death

Sandipan Chatterjee
“I Had Never Even Heard Of Her Before She Cured Me”

One of the charges the Canadian researchers have levelled against Mother is that the ‘miracle’ attributed to her, something that led to her beatification, was really a sham. They claim that Monica Besra, the woman whom Mother is suppo­sed to have “healed” when she wasn’t even alive, was in truth cured by medication rather than by her blessing. Outlook travelled to Besra’s home in the remote Duli Nakar village in West Bengal’s Dakshin Dinajpur district, 13 hours from Calcutta. It is not clear if the golden light around the picture of Jesus Christ on the silver-coloured tin door leading into the mud hut is a divine indicator that a miracle took place here or simply the glow of the late winter sun. The way Monica sees it, it was a miracle.

It has recently been suggested that it wasn’t Mother Teresa’s blessings but medicine that cured you.

I took medicines for over two years and kept getting more sick. I and in fact even the doctors were starting to...



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