Evita, Mother Teresa and Diana
This might seem like a strange trio to include in one post about 20th Century saints, but they have caught the collective eye of the Earth’s population for their charitable work.
I suppose it was destined to be: I get inspired to write about Evita, yesterday, and almost as soon as I was finished, I got the intuitive hint that she and Diana were connected. Then, while researching for any image connecting them, I found this one. It was an a-ha moment. I hadn’t thought of it before. Missionaries of Charity.
Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997)
According to Wikipedia: On 10 September 1946, Teresa experienced what she later described as “the call within the call” when she traveled by train to the Loreto convent in Darjeeling from Calcutta for her annual retreat. “I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order. To fail would have been to break the faith.”
Eva Perón (May 7, 1919 – July 26, 1952)
Again, according to Wikipedia: It was Evita’s work with the [Eva Perón] foundation that played a large role in her idealization, even leading some to consider her a saint. Though it was unnecessary from a practical standpoint, Evita set aside many hours per day to meet with the poor who requested help from her foundation. During these meetings with the poor, Evita often kissed the poor and allowed them to kiss her. Evita was even witnessed placing her hands in the suppurated wounds of the sick and poor, touching the leprous, and kissing the syphilitic. Though Argentina is secular in many respects, it is essentially a Catholic country. Therefore, when Evita kissed the syphilitic and touched the leprous she “…ceased to be the President’s wife and acquired some of the characteristics of saints depicted in Catholicism.”
Diana, Princess of Wales (July 1, 1961 – August 31, 1997)
And finally, according to Wikipedia: In 1983, she confided in the then-Premier of Newfoundland, Brian Peckford, “I am finding it very difficult to cope with the pressures of being Princess of Wales, but I am learning to cope with it.” As Princess of Wales, she was expected to make regular public appearances at hospitals, schools, and other facilities, in the 20th-century model of royal patronage. From the mid-1980s, she became increasingly associated with numerous charities. She carried out 191 official engagements in 1988 and 397 in 1991. The Princess developed an intense interest in serious illnesses and health-related matters outside the purview of traditional royal involvement, including AIDS and leprosy. In recognition of her effect as a philanthropist, Stephen Lee, director of the UK Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers, said “Her overall effect on charity is probably more significant than any other person’s in the 20th century.”
The impulse started in 1946. Evita became the First Lady of Argentina, and she began her charitable foundation. That same year, Mother Teresa had her ‘calling’ to live among the poor. Evita’s work stopped when she died in 1952. Then Diana was born in 1961. Her charity work began in the late 1980’s. It ended with her accidental death in 1997. Within a week Mother Teresa died, too. Coincidence?
I like to think that there is a purpose to the Universe. These two birth charts speak volumes about that purpose. Evita’s Moon is conjunct Diana’s Mars. Diana’s Moon is in Evita’s Rising sign, Aquarius. Do you think their popularity is an accident of birth?
Evita’s life was cut short by cancer. Diana carried on her good work. And during the whole time period of their two lives, Mother Teresa was living, too. Synchronicity.
The Common Touch
We are immune to modern sainthood because it doesn’t have a real meaning, anymore. But when a modern saint dies, the people react in an outpouring of emotion and floral bouquets. Need proof?
One more thing…
This is my humble acknowledgement of the three modern “Sisters of Mercy”.