This collection is inspired by the book of Christopher Hitchens: “The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice” published in 1995. The book explores Mother Teresa’s globally renowned benevolence and what malpractices were occurring during her period of activity.
Hitchens’ book explores deeper into the conditions of Mother Teresa’s hospices and into her own actions within the context of Christianity. At the Home of the Pure Heart, a hospice for the dying, the majority of her patients suffered immensely. The public perception was that the hospice was providing vital help. Mother Teresa believed that pain must be endured as it if a gift from God. With no provision of pain treatment medication, combined with a lack of sterile medical equipment, many patients suffered immensely until their time of death, or indeed died unnecessarily.
However, one must question whether Mother Teresa’s actions were deliberately malevolent. Are her good intentions an acceptable defence against gross medical negligence? No doubt she did not plan to cause death; she acted according to her limited knowledge with the belief that she was doing what God had planned for her to do. She established a charity in the best way she knew how with the intent of helping the poorest people on the glove. She taught people to help each other, to serve and not be served.