So here it is Sunday morning, a day when a lot of folks are in church, praying and singing hymns. Me I was at McDonald’s having a coffee and talking about life; the beginning and the end and all the time and the “stuff” we accumulate in between. Not a religious conversation but at the very least a philosophical one. It begs the question what is the difference between, philosophy, spirituality and religion? A little to complex for me so I will continue with my “name that person” exercise.
Do you recognize the two young ladies in the pictures above?
The one to the left is Imelda Marcos who eventually became the wife of Fernando Marcos the president of the Philippines. While many Filipinos lived in poverty, Imelda Marcos became known for her lavish spending. She traveled to New York City and other destinations to buy expensive fashions, high-end jewelry and other luxury items. Marcos had to have the finest of everything for the presidential residence, but at enormous cost of the Filipino people. It is believed that the Marcos family and their buddies took billions from the country’s coffers. Imelda Marcos was reputed to have owned more than 3000 pairs of shoes.
The young lady on the right became Mother Teresa. As a young woman she was a teacher in a Catholic Girls school in Calcutta. In 1937 she took a vow to a life of poverty, chastity and obedience. As was the custom for Loreto nuns, she took on the title of “Mother” upon making her final vows and thus became known as Mother Teresa. September 1946, Mother Teresa experienced a second calling, the “call within a call” that would forever transform her life. She was called to abandon teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta aiding the city’s poorest and sickest people. Her worldly possessions? A stainless steel bucket she used to bath the sick and the dying. How about shoes? A pair of sandals. Mother Teresa’s feet became deformed because she would wait until everyone else had selected the donated shoes giving them the best selection and leaving herself with ill fitting shoes for herself.
I find it interesting that both of these ladies were Catholics however each chose to live their lives at the opposite ends of the “religious spectrum”. How will history remember them.
and how will we be remembered?
Editor’s footnote: Today the Pope announced that Mother Teresa is declared a Saint.