by Whitney Grace
Mother Teresa was a saint long before she was canonized. She was born in Albania and felt God calling her to devout her life to Him. She became a nun and a vision led her to serve in the Calcutta slums. She gave up all pretenses of wealth and comfort and lived among the poorest of humanity. She built missions and changed the lives of millions left to rot in the gutters.
While there have been many books about Mother Teresa that tell about her life and study her extraordinary faith, Lewis Helfand and Ari Sachin Nagar have made a graphic novel about her. Mother Teresa is biographic scope, highlighting her call to serve people. It hits the main memorable points in her life and has poignant facts about how much good she did.
There is very little negative to say about the comic. Whatever faults I could find would be an insult to the fine work of the pair. The art reminds me of watercolors and snatches of brief moments in Mother Teresa’s life as she pushes forward with her God given mission. If we needed another biography of Mother Teresa, there are several already on the market and they detail her humanity. This graphic novel instead focuses on spreading the message of helping people and using a medium to tell people about her to a population that otherwise might not be open to learning about her life.
My closing remarks are that Mother Teresa was a simple woman with a simple mission and this graphic novel explains what simple belief and faith can lead to.