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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Outstanding (04/21/11)

TITLE: Sept. 1997 - The Day We Lost A Saintly Soul
By sandra hoolihan


With all the recent media attention on the upcoming royal wedding, I find myself reminiscing about a funeral that took place in September of 1997. I don’t intend to bring down the mood, but the woman that died, now over a decade ago, meant so much to me because of her outstanding life.

She was a Christian humanitarian. She chose to spend time with the poor and needy. She was known by her particular style of dress. The media dubbed her a “saint” and in my eyes she personified the beauty of love.

Now I hope I don’t confuse you into thinking I am referring to Princess Diana who was buried the same week and could also be described the same way. Diana led an extraordinary life and was a beautiful person. In fact, she was a friend of the woman I am referring to: Mother Theresa.

It does not surprise me that the two shared a special friendship. They prayed together in Rome during their first meeting and at a later meeting were photographed holding hands. In her condolence message sent immediately after Diana’s death, Mother Theresa wrote about Diana, “She was very concerned for the poor. She was very anxious to do something for them. That is why she was close to me.”

Diana’s funeral, watched by millions, allowed Mother Theresa to die without celebrity attention she neither wanted nor sought out. The media was so caught up in the royal pomp and pageantry of Diana’s funeral that Mother Theresa’s passing was given a fraction of what she would have otherwise received on a slow media day. I like to believe that Mother Theresa wanted it that way. Had she died on a different day with no other headlines to compete with, she would have drawn attention to herself. Only by dying on the eve of a funeral of such magnitude could her own death be eclipsed. While all eyes were on Diana, she snuck away to her eternal home in the same quiet manner she exemplified while working with the poor on earth.

On that day, however, I took notice and still remember Mother Theresa as the truly outstanding individual she was - Nobel Peace Prize Winner and founder of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India dedicated to serving the poor and helping the dying do so with dignity.

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.-Mother Theresa

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Sydney Avey04/30/11
An orginal thought. How rare. I love the respect you show to Diana as well. The only thing I wish -- a more compelling title. Although, I did pick it out to read, but my expectations were low. You surprised me.
Joanne Sher 05/02/11
What a lovely reflection on Mother Theresa. Made me smile.
diana kay05/03/11
fantastic :-) I love it and i hope the judges do too
Kaye Swain05/03/11
Very interesting take on these three events. And very sweet tribute to Mother Theresa, who I have quoted on occasion to my grandchildren. I have already started teaching my grandkids to surrender everything to God and she definitely sets a wonderful example of the surrendered life.
Virgil Youngblood 05/04/11
A well written tribute that was enjoyable to read. Well done.