If you haven’t heard, Princes William and Henry will be having a tribute concert for their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, on Sunday July 1st at Wembley Stadium in London. It will be broadcast on NBC-TV at 8pm.
In 1997, two of the world’s most famous women died close together: Diana, Princess of Wales on August 31st; Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, foundress of the Missionaries of Charity and other Catholic religious institutes, on September 5th. It’s too easy to describe the similarities and contrasts between these two women. However, it can make for a really good meditation. Their gold has been — or perhaps is continuing to be — “tested by fire” (1 Peter 1:7) to remove the impurities. (Of course, "gold" is not literal but metaphorical. I'm sure we could admit an exception and make the metaphore literal in the case of Mother Teresa since she had no gold herself!)
It certainly acknowledged that, from all accounts, Diana was a very good mother and a caring woman with a big heart. Neverthless, she was not speeding off to dedicate her life to helping the poor — materially, morally or spiritually — on the night of her tragic accident in Paris.
Along with others, I will watch concert as well as pray for her soul. It may be too much to expect NBC-TV or another major network to have a special on Blessed Mother Teresa to mark her the 10th anniversary of her death. Instead we’ll wait for better: her canonization!
Update: July 3, 2007: Well, I was disappointed with NBC's coverage of the concert. They limited their hour-long broadcast to simple highlights. Elton John is always good as an entertainer. Duran Duran was excellent with Rio. It was a nice surprise to see Joe Perry, and other Aerosmith members I believe, backing some of the the acts. In my estimation, the real treat of NBC's telecast was their footage of Diana's childhood home movies. It was very well done but limited to 5 or 6 minutes at the end.