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Two Great Women - One Rich One Poor

Updated on December 7, 2011

Mother Teresa

Calcutta, India
Calcutta, India

The Poor

Agnes Bojaxhiu, was born in Albania in 1910, into a family devoted to the Catholic religion. She knew at the early age of 12 that she was called by God to do His work, taking her vows at 18 to become a Nun. She moved to India and taught school to young girls for many years. Outside the walls of the Convent she witnessed the suffering of people living in the streets of Calcutta. A deep compassion for the hungry and destitute became a driving force to seek her own order. In 1950, after receiving permission, she opened “The Missionaries Of Charity”. There she would devote her life to the ‘poorest of the poor’ and changed her name to Teresa.

The West got news of her work among the poor, and a documentary was filmed which gave worldwide exposure to her charity work in Calcutta. 40 countries and 1,000,000 coworkers were recognized and acclaimed throughout the world by 1990. She traveled to other countries and accepted many awards. Princess Diana, one of her dearest friends visited often, and in her own right was dedicated to Charity work.

In 1979 Mother Teresa received the distinctive Nobel Peace Prize.

The Poor

Princess Diana

Boy dying with AIDS
Boy dying with AIDS

The Rich

Diana Spencer was born in 1961 with an aristocratic upbringing. She grew up in England, and married into the British royal family. The wedding was a fairy tale for the whole world to see. Diana broke tradition and became the people’s princess. She was deemed the ‘princess with a heart’ and everything she did was at a high level of popularity. It was not unusual to see her driving out in the countryside stopping to talk with commoners, asking for their input.

Diana and Mother Teresa were friends, their mission being the same; charity work. Both delighted in visiting hospitals touching the sick, and holding dying children. Mother Teresa ministered to the poor while Diana raised awareness of AIDS.

See the smile on the dying boy at the end of this film.

Spiritual Partners

Both these women reflected a spiritual consciousness. Their energy radiated compassion, honoring the sacredness of life and bringing light to the darkness of the world.

Meeting in NYC

Flowers For Mother

In Calcutta, India.  Boy going to Mother's Funeral
In Calcutta, India. Boy going to Mother's Funeral


Mother and Diana passed away one month apart, the same year, August and September 1997. Diana's funeral overshadowed Mother's. Diana being a young mother in the prime of life, leaving 2 young boys. Mother was 87 years old and her life, even though just as charitable, was less glamorous.

This boy's eyes have seen the streets of hell, but his soul has been taught by Mother Teresa. A person never forgets who teaches his soul. I can't help but wonder where this poor boy managed to get enough money to buy these flowers, and how proud and humble he must have felt to take them to her funeral.

Flowers for Diana

So many flowers placed in front of the Palace, that trucks had to daily remove them.
So many flowers placed in front of the Palace, that trucks had to daily remove them.

Diana's Funeral

So many flowers were delivered and placed in front of the Palace that the wilting ones had to be taken away daily. Mourners lined the streets and cried for days. Celebrities and dignitaries attended the funeral. Flags were flown half staff. The funeral was televised and Elton John, a friend of Diana's, wrote and sang a song for her. "Candle In The Wind".

(Goodbye England's Rose)

Goodbye England's Rose

A common destiny

One led a life of glamour and one led a life of piety. We both admire and find fault in those we place in high position, but we should find inspiration from those who work quietly and diligently outside our field of vision. Our common fate unites us all.

Below, a cartoon drawing of the two in heaven, by Don Addis of St. Pete Times.

Dated September 9, 1997


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    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I loved writing it MM. Thank you for the votes.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Two wonderful, generous women I have always admired greatly, thank you for writing about them so beautifully.

      voted up/beautiful

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      Mr. Smith 

      7 years ago from California

      Good example of how everyone can find the best in other people, and adopt those values as well. The world gets a little bit better when someone does that.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Yes Dave, in order to do work of this kind, you have to be called by God. He is an Awesome employer.

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Mother Teresa and Diana touched people in so many different ways as requested of by God.

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      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thank you Ocean, and thank you for the votes. Have a wonderful Christmas. Ann

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      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Ann, this is a very beautiful hub. Wow, I am very touched by it. I think its wonderful to commend the incredible good we see in the world, like we see in these two women. No matter what, they touched the lives of very real people, often in very tough situations. How many people really do that? I am voting up and everything except funny. A truly wonderful hub, thank you for sharing it.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Hello Makusr

      You touched a Saint. She hasn't been declared one yet, but it is thought that she will be. How lucky you are to have met her. I'm sure you have been blessed.

      Hi Donna, Thanks for visiting my hub, and your vote.

      Mckbirdbks..So unusual for two of them in that time period..I was impressed.

      Hi Gypsy, There was quite a gap in their ages, but the heart was the same.

      drbj, you're a loyal commentator, and I appreciate your insights. Thank you.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Writer20..I think Prince Charles was jealous of Di's popularity. I think the whole nation was touched by this story.

      Mary615..I do think both these women changed lives, and it surely made an impression on me. Thanks for stopping by.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      This is a lovely, loving tribute, Ann, to two very remarkable women born into very different circumstances but with similar larger than life hearts and the desire to help the less fortunate. Voted up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Very good comparison and an interesting read. Well done.

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      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Two interesting hearts. Well done.

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      Donna Sundblad 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Very well-written comparison. Voted up.

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 

      7 years ago from India

      Annadavis,Being in India I had the privilege and honor of meeting the Saint herself. In the middle of the meeting she left to tend a leper who had just arrived. After that she resumed the talk again. We all were touched by this. Her mission is doing great work in India. My group always help them to organise charity camps for poor and needy. Thanks for the hub.


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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      You have done a masterful job of comparing these two women who changed many lives. I have always admired these two women. You wrote a great Hub with wonderful videos, thanks. I voted this UP, all except funny. Goodnight.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I remember Diana and Mother Teresa very well. You wrote this really well bringing back Diana's funeral. My husband recorded her wedding and her funeral for me because of the time difference and I have blamed Prince Charles for having her killed.


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