Princess Diana is having a "moment" right now. She’s been hailed by Vogue as a "Gen-Z influencer" in the crusade to resurrect '90s fashion. But there’s another '90s queen who warrants revisiting: the princess’s spiritual mentor, Mother Teresa, who died five days after her in 1997, having captured hearts to a degree only Lady Di could rival.
A new book from Jim Towey tells the story of the unlikely kinship between the tiny missionary and glamorous monarch, as well as others he witnessed as legal counsel and devoted friend to the saint. To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa is a powerful "white pill," masterfully weaving together vignettes from Towey’s own life with the arc of the Albanian nun pursuing the will of God.
In the opening, Towey is a winsome twenty-something D.C. staffer for Republican senator Mark Hatfield. He’s on the political fast-track by day, and barhopping by night—yet unfulfilled. Meanwhile, Mother Teresa, who grew up Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, is a child coming of age amid complicated civil unrest, helping her mother provide for the family after her father is poisoned by political rivals.
Nora Kenney is director of media relations at the Manhattan Institute.
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