One of the ways we encounter God is beauty. Our hearts can be elevated to the transcendent when we see a stunning mountain landscape, gaze upon a priceless work of art, or hear a magnificent piece of music. Encountering beautiful people (not physically, but on the level of the soul) can also inspire us. It happened in the case of Malcolm Muggeridge, a British journalist who described himself as a "religious maniac without a religion." While working as a producer for BBC he came across Mother Teresa and, after researching her story, interviewed her. He was mainly responsible for introducing this future saint to the world, thanks to his 1968 documentary "Something Beautiful for God." The documentary covered the heroic lives of the Missionaries of Charity, who served the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Muggeridge then wrote a book about Mother Teresa. Author Robert Spitzer writes about the impact of the woman on the 'avowed atheist',
It was at once the beauty of [Mother Teresa's] actions toward the poor, the beauty of her genuine love for them, the beauty of seeing Christ in them, the beauty of her defiance when Muggeridge tried to suggest that it didn't make much difference amid the sea of poverty in India, the beauty in her eyes, and the beauty of her spiritual discipline.
Mother Teresa prompted Muggeridge to become Catholic. He wrote, "it is impossible to be with her, to listen to her, to observe what she is doing and how she is doing it, without being in some degree converted." The formally-socialist reporter became a defender of Humanae Vitae, opposed abortion, and produced documentaries on prayer. He titled his autobiography, Chronicles of Wasted Time.
May our simple holiness spur the conversion of those around us.