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New paperback edition released in honor of Mother Teresa's canonization on September 4, 2016. I Loved Jesus in the Night is one priest's compelling account of meeting with the saint of Calcutta. Sharing anecdotes and first-hand experiences, Paul Murray offers a glimpse into why Mother Teresa could declare, in one of her letters, that if ever she were to "become a saint," she would surely be one of "darkness." This very personal yet powerful book is an attempt to come to terms with the dark night experiences endured by Mother Teresa in the light of the Gospel and the mystical teachings of St John of the Cross. And something else as well...revelations of Mother Teresa's sense of humor! "I Loved Jesus in the Night by Dominican Father Paul Murray recounts in 24 short chapters his experiences and lessons learned from time spent with Mother Teresa. Since his first encounter with her in a university classroom, Fr. Murray was struck to the core by her "radiant joy" and the simplicity and candor that permeated his heart and mind. This book is easy to read and gives insights into the spiritual life and relationship with Jesus that drove this carrier of God's love to serve the poorest of the poor." —Catholic Missourian "Mother Teresa suffered this spiritual darkness most of her life but kept her faith amid the suffering. Murray had several contacts with Mother Teresa and discusses these and other aspects of the spirituality of the dark night of the soul. This small book should be pondered rather than quickly read. It is highly recommended to those interested in Mother Teresa and the dark night of the soul." —Benet Exton, The Oklahoman
Written to celebrate the canonization of Mother Teresa (who was beatified in 2003 by Pope John Paul II), I Loved Jesus in the Night: A Secret Revealed is the testimony of a priest who met with Mother Teresa firsthand. Drawing upon anecdotes, primary testimonies, and Mother Teresa's own correspondence, I Loved Jesus in the Night is emotionally moving, completely candid, and a choice pick for Christian Studies shelves. Highly recommended!
Paul Murray O.P. is an Irish Dominican, a poet, and a professor in Rome at the University of St. Thomas, the Angelicum. He is the author of several books which have been published in Ireland, England, and the United States including The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality: A Drink Called Happiness; A Journey with Jonah; The Spirituality of Bewilderment; T.S. Eliot and Mysticism: The Secret History of Four Quartets; and four collections of poetry. He lives in Rome, and is well known as a speaker throughout the United States.