Friday, June 19, 2009

Women of courage

First thing this morning we had a phone call to tell us that Peggy Theophilus had died early this morning, following several years of illness. After commemorating her at the lunchtime Eucharist, Pru Mack, one of our regular Friday worshippers told me that Angela Luddy died suddenly yesterday. Angela, a childhood polio victim with osteoporosis had also succeeded in living to a ripe old age.

In twenty four hours, two thirds of my regular list of home communicants have gone to glory. I'll miss visiting them both, because they were both full of faith and courage despite what they suffered, and were an inspiration to be with. They came from a generation of women empowered to take their place in society and in the world of work alongside men, not least because of the war. They were pioneers, who didn't take for granted the opportunities they received to realise themselves.

"Well done, good and faithful servants."

May they rest in peace and rise in glory!

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