Two women who made a difference

There are several well done Princess Diana tributes being played on various networks. The one most impactful to me is the one where Princes William and Harry share their thoughts along with others who knew her well. Seeing the joyful footage of the boys with their mother at various theme parks or parks is delightful. It reminds me why people saw her as a down-to-earth person. Plus, the huge viral picture of her shaking hands with an AIDs patient truly broke ground in a world very scared of the disease and is an exemplar of who she was.

We should not lose sight that this is also the 20th anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death. She died about a week after Princess Diana’s death, which left the attention to the earlier passing, which is likely the way the humble Mother Teresa wanted it. With her ministry to those in need, Mother Teresa may have been one of the finest people to walk the earth.

These two people illustrate the importance of reaching out to those in need. There was footage of a disabled and disheveled man who broke into tears when Diana spoke with him and shook his hand. Plus, there was countless footage of Diana visiting with children and parents of all religions and countries. She often took up causes that were not approved of by the monarchy such as AIDs or undetonated land mines.

Teresa would also reach out and help those with disease, malnutrition, or extremely poverty. Like any human, she had doubts and questioned her ability to help. She wrote in her journal that she prayed for God to give her strength to carry on.  Not unlike the prayers of Desmond Doss, the conscientious objector who saved 75 or more men in battle under fire, who prayed for strength to save one more.

To me, their outreach to help is inspiring. These two women “walked the talk” doing what religions ask of us to do. Let’s remember them both well. Diana is still getting the press, but do not forget Mother Teresa, as well.

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17 thoughts on “Two women who made a difference

    • Hugh, I think they are coupled in time of death. But, my main thrust is we overtalk about one and hardly at all for the other. I have not seen one reference to Teresa these past few weeks. Keith

    • I know. Somehow, they don’t seem to carry the same weight. Princess Di had many worldly concerns (marriage, monarchy, children). Mother Teresa was largely free of such earthy demands because she devoted herself entirely to the Lord’s work. Mother Teresa will be sainted, some day. Still, Diana is a good role model for those of us in doubt of reaching sainthood. As a member of the royal elite, she saw the big picture, and stretched her personal world to include the disenfranchised. Both remarkable women. (Great post, Keith!)

      • JoAnn, well said. If Diana had lived, it would be interesting to see her impact. The greatest lament is her closest friends should have insisted she continue her royal secret service protection. By not taking them, she exposed herself to trouble and the paparazzi. Keith

  1. Dear Keith,

    Both women left an imprint on this planet and will be honored for many years, long after their passing away. An both had very different backgrounds but somehow, they both figured out how to make a difference.
    Hugs, Gronda

  2. Note to Readers: if you have a quick minute, read the post referred below this current post about Mother Antonia and the Sisters of the Eleventh Hour.

  3. Very good post, Keith! Good people who do for others should be remembered and honoured. I have always admired both of these women, but as you say, Princess Di was iconic in popular culture, and thus is far more publicized. You have given me an idea … I will let you know if it pans out.

    I do not see a post below this one, but will go in search of it shortly.

    • Jill, thanks. I have been enjoying your posts talking of good people doing good things. The post I reference is at the bottom where WordPress selects three posts the reader might also enjoy based on subject tags. Keith

  4. I too watched the Princess Di documentaries. It was heartbreaking. She was truly a remarkable and courageous young woman with an amazing gift for connecting with people from all walks of life and all manner of circumstances. There hasn’t been another Royal like her that I’ve seen in my lifetime. She was a great humanitarian and social justice trailblazer. Charles was a damn fool, in my opinion, for not appreciating and valuing what an extraordinary person she was.

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