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For the Memorial of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

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Marie Constantin, the photographer, and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographerunderstandsimages have power, more power than words alone to impact lives.
I recently spoke with Marie Constantin, who has photographed some of the world’s worst slums in Calcutta, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Tijuana where she discovered beautiful nuns, serving with joy. “Mother Teresa and all the nuns I was privileged to be around or write about stole my heart forever.  I gave it back in this book”.
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Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

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The Power of Images To Change LivesMarie Constantin, the photographer and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographerunderstandsimages have power, more power than words alone to impact lives. It was an image in a documentary film that turned Constantin’s life completely around in the early 1990’s. She was a young journalist, completely focused on establishing her career and partying with friends when an image of Mother Teresa holding a starving person flashed across the t.v. screen with the words, “God didn’t do this; we do it because we do not share what we have”.  Suddenly tears streamed down Constantin’s face. The very next day she found herself washing dishes in a soup kitchen run by Mother Teresa’s nuns in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was one photo of Mother Teresa on t.v. which catapulted her into volunteering with the sisters and opened the door to her calling, her vocation. continue reading