In Memoriam: 1997



A BRITON'S GIFT - A Poem About the Funeral of Diana
by Grover B. Proctor, Jr.

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa's "business card":
        The Fruit of Silence is Prayer
        The Fruit of Prayer is Faith
        The Fruit of Faith is Love
        The Fruit of Love is Service
        The Fruit of Service is Peace

"It has been said that Mother Teresa might have done more to fight the causes of poverty in the world. Mother Teresa was aware of this criticism. She would shrug as if saying: 'While you go on discussing causes and explanations, I will kneel beside the poorest of the poor and attend to their needs.' The dying, the handicapped and the defenseless unborn, who are without a constituency in the utopian ideologies which have been trying to model the perfect world, need a loving human presence and a caring hand."

--Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State

More quotes from Mother Teresa:
        "I realized that I had the call to take care of the sick and the dying, the hungry, the naked, the homeless -- to be God's Love in action to the poorest of the poor. That was the beginning of the Missionaries of Charity."
        "When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed."
        "Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well."
        "You will be surprised to know that in the poorest neighborhoods in many of the cities where we live and work, when we get close to the people who live in shacks, the first thing they ask for is not bread or clothes, even though often they are dying of hunger and are naked. They ask us to teach them the Word of God. People are hungry for God. They long to hear his Word."
        "In the developed countries there is a poverty of intimacy, a poverty of spirit, of loneliness, of lack of love. There is no greater sickness in the world today than that one."

Viktor Frankl

"Again and again I therefore admonish my students in Europe and America: Don't aim at success -- the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run -- in the long-run, I say! -- success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it."

Diana, Princess of Wales

see also: A BRITON'S GIFT
A Poem About the Funeral of Diana
by Grover B. Proctor, Jr.

"She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her ... No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her."
--Queen Elizabeth II

"Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty. All over the world she was a symbol of selfless humanity, a standard-bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden, a truly British girl who transcended nationality, someone with a natural nobility who was classless, who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic.... Above all, we give thanks for the life of a woman I am so proud to be able to call my sister: the unique, the complex, the extraordinary and irreplaceable Diana, whose beauty, both internal and external, will never be extinguished from our minds."
--Charles, Earl Spencer

Sir Georg Solti

"One should develop all the time, non-stop. Don't repeat yourself. I live up to that. I always buy a new score, never use an old one."
--Sir Georg Solti

"The last of the great international orchestral and operatic maestri."
--The Times of London

"The central feature of the Solti-Chicago success was the sheer stunning quality of the playing, which few other groups could rival. For many listeners there suddenly seemed something new under the sun: an orchestra that could grasp those huge complex works whole and with remarkably sustained virtuosity and power, render them as gleaming monolithic units, seemingly perfect in every detail and cumulatively overwhelming"
--The New York Times

"In Chicago he has whipped, cajoled, hammered, burnished and conjured an orchestral sound that manages to be two entirely opposite things at once. On the one hand, there is that seductive, mellow roar from the winds and brass; on the other, a meticulously controlled string tone whereby more than 60 players take on the crispness and clarity of a chamber ensemble."

Sir Rudolf Bing
on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera
with contralto Marian Anderson
Sir Rudolf Bing

"I will run this house on the principle of quality and quality alone."
--Sir Rudolf Bing

"His entrepreneurial philosophy was a simple one -- keep up your standards but fill the house."
--Tim Page, The Washington Post

        "Sir Rudolf brought to the Metropolitan Opera an unstinting commitment to artistic integrity and a determination to present the world's greatest artists, regardless of race, politics or other extraneous reasons. His policy was not without its critics, as when in 1951 he brought back the Wagnerian soprano Kirsten Flagstad. She had been barred from singing at the Met since World War II, because she had performed for Nazis.
        "Sir Rudolf also opened the ranks of the Met company to African Americans. The first was Janet Collins, a prima ballerina hired in 1951. In 1955, the great contralto Marian Anderson made her debut on the Met's famous stage.
        "This was followed on Jan. 27, 1961, by the spectacular debut of Leontyne Price in the role of Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore. The audience responded with a standing ovation and chants of "Price! Price! Price!" that went on for 35 minutes."
--J.Y. Smith, The Washington Post


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