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Mother Teresa Novena Chain Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Email purporting to contain a novena from Mother Teresa that started in 1952, claims that bad luck will befall those who do not pass on the message and an accompanying image.

Brief Analysis

The claims in the email are superstitious nonsense. The chain letter was not started by Mother Teresa as claimed. The message amalgamates the long-running Mother Teresa novena chain letter with another absurd chain email featuring a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Ridiculous chain messages such as this achieve nothing other than to clutter inboxes with utterly pointless drivel and make those who forward them look decidedly foolish.

Example

Thought of you (look at picture)
Look at this closelyMother TeresaThe President of Argentina received this picture and called it “junk mail” 8 days later his son died. A man received this picture and immediately Sent out copies. His surprise was winning the lottery.Alberto Martinez Received this picture gave it to his secretary to make copies but they forgot to distribute: She lost her job and he lost his family. This picture is miraculous and sacred.You were chosen to receive this novena .The moment you receive it, say:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

GOD WANTED ME TO TELL YOU, It shall be well with you this coming year. No matter how much your enemies try this year, they will not succeed. You have been destined to make it and you shall surely achieve all your goals this year For the rest of 2015, all your agonies will be diverted and victory and
prosperity will be incoming in abundance. Today God has confirmed the end of your sufferings, sorrows and pain because HE that sits on the throne has remembered you. He has taken away the hardships and given you JOY. He will never let you down. I knocked at heaven’s door this morning, God asked me. My child! What can I do for you? And I said, “Father, please protect and bless the person reading this message”.

This is a Novena from Mother Teresa that started in 1952. It has never been broken. Within 48 hours send 20 copies (Or as many as you can – God does know if you don’t have 20 people to send it to.

It’s the effort and intent that counts to family and friends.

Do not send it back to the person who sent it to you. This is a powerful
Novena. Couldn’t hurt. Can only help.

Please do not break it.

 

Detailed Analysis

This email, which features a picture apparently depicting Jesus with a kneeling devotee, claims to be a novena created by Mother Teresa back in 1952. It claims that the novena has never been broken in all that time and exhorts people to post 20 copies within 48 hours.

The message also claims that those who send on the “miraculous and sacred” image will receive good luck while dire consequences will befall those who do not.  As “evidence”, it claims that the President of Argentina’s son died just days after the President dismissed the chain message as junk and failed to pass it on. And, suggests the message, an unidentified man who sent out copies as instructed won the lottery soon after.
However, like all such chain letters, the message is utter nonsense. The claim that Mother Teresa created the message has no factual basis. The claim has even been officially dismissed as false by the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center, which notes on its website:

Please be advised that the [circulating] “chain novena” or “Luck chain letter novena”, allegedly begun by Mother Teresa in 1952 and never broken since that time, is an absolutely false claim.

The article also notes that “chain letters or chain prayers are superstitious practices that can create fear and lessen our faith in God” and requests that recipients do not pass on such chain novenas.

The version discussed here combines two equally inane chain emails into one ridiculous whole. The “Mother Teresa Novena” portion of the message has circulated separately in various forms for a number of years. And the “President of Argentina” portion has also circulated as a separate message for years on end. The original “president” version features a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe rather than Jesus.

For the record, the son of former Argentinian president Carlos Menem was killed – possibly murdered – when his helicopter crashed in 1995, but claims of a connection between the accident and the president’s supposed failure to forward an email is nonsensical and, of course, not supported by the slightest shred of evidence. The other references to “a man” who won the lottery and one “Alberto Martinez” are so vague as to be virtually meaningless.

Sending on superstitious hogwash such as this will serve only to add more clutter to our already junk-ridden inboxes and social networks. And those who do choose to send on such messages are likely to look decidedly foolish and naive in front of their more astute friends.

Do the sensible and rational thing and break these chains.  

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