Wednesday, August 26, 2009
May the Angels Lead You
Happy Wednesday to you all. It is rainy and dreary here in the Midwest. Matches my own sadness today as I feel the loss of Senator Ted Kennedy. Having grown up in Massachusetts and having seen the extraordinary work that Senator Kennedy did for the poor and marginalized—those whom others would just as soon cast aside—makes me grieve his passing all the more. I remember playing the organ at major archdiocesan events at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross and watching the Senator in one of the front pews. I remember meeting him briefly at the Papal Mass on Boston Common in 1979. He carried himself with dignity and pride. I suppose some of that had to do with the "Kennedy Mystique." But, to me, it was more. The social services offered to the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were unmatched, and I believe this was due largely to Ted Kennedy's influence. Born into enormous wealth, he was nonetheless able to see the needs of the poor and work for their well-being. We have lost a great man this day. Edward Kennedy, may the angels lead you into paradise. May the martyrs come to welcome you. Rest in peace. A simple song for you this day. Gotta sing. Gotta pray.