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Wed., Sept. 12, 2007, 1:22 p.m.

Saddle up anyway…

The recent revelation that Mother Teresa lingered in a dark night of the soul for 50 years is still being discussed in the mainstream press.

Today on our editorial pages, we ran an excellent column by Kevin Horrigan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He pointed out that Mother Teresa's dark night resonated with folks, regardless of religious beliefs.

Most people wrestle with dark nights, but it's very hard to admit in our think-positive culture. Maybe it's a wavering commitment to a marriage, a child, a job, a workplace, a church, a community.

The column ended this way:

I bring my own biases, but I find myself even more moved by her courage than I was before, and that was profoundly. It's one thing to write a check to the United Way; it's quite another to scoop lepers off the streets of Calcutta and wash their sores.
I find myself, speaking of secular saints, remembering a quote that's been ascribed to John Wayne: "Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway."

Was there a time where you were scared to death, but kept a commitment to keep going anyway?

Blog lines are open.
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