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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

 

Two deaths: Diana vs. Teresa

This week's two historic events are no coincidence, noted A.V.

Th deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa are a contrast of worldly adulation and an otherworldly one. Tens of thousands or even a million at Kensington Palace brought with them flowers to mourn the death of Diana. People thronged Mother Theresa’s remains to catch a glimpse of something otherworldly, in the hope that they may receive a wealth of grace that is thought to overflow from a poor and humble servant of God. We prayed for Diana's soul. We asked the once-living saint to pray for us. We deeply grieve the princess' death. We rejoice that Mother Teresa is finally with her beloved Maker.

We offered prayers for Diana. We asked Mother Theresa to intercede for us.

Media have rightfully reported and reflected on the state of mass adulation around the world, devoting extensive coverage even to the littlest-known aspect of Diana’s life while mentioning only in passing the life and times of an ‘ugly’, ‘uninteresting’, 'unexciting’, non-telegenic nun from Skopje, Macedonia.

Outer image sells and Diana is indeed a paragon of beauty, elegance, style. A newspaper columnist correctly observes that we love Diana because there's a princess/prince/royalty in all of us. (The immediate effect on me, however, was a shiver down my spine, stoking in me the fear of figuring in a fatal car crash.)

But Mother Teresa’s brand of beauty is implicitly regarded as unappealing, even revolting (take a look at her feet!), in the public eye, certainly an anathema to the viewership ratings war, to media mileage.

But in the eyes of faith, this 'coincidence' is an historic juxtaposition, one actually hatched by divine hands for the world’s edification.

9.11.98


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