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.


Anonymous said...

he was nonetheless able to see the needs of the poor and work for their well-being

Unless, of course, those "poor" happened to be is shameful that a Catholic organization would heap praise upon the most consistent and outspoken advocate of abortion in the Senate, regardless of his other "good works". That "blind eye" that so many are willing to turn will, as Christ so eloquently said, lead one to be "thrown into Gehenna".

Anonymous said...

I love this blog!! What you said about Senator Kennedy was right on target. A man who was fully aware of his shortcomings and sins who continued to persevere for those less fortunate. I remember hearing that Senator Kennedy once was asked why he worked so hard on behalf of the marginalized and he answered, very simply, "Gospel values". If only the rest of us heard and practiced these values. It is easy to judge others but much more difficult to see our own shortcomings. I agree, we have lost a giant.

Anonymous said...

I must agree with Anonymous #1. Teddy was a pseudo-Catholic, who sold out his early pro-life stance for the all holy support of the abortion lobby. How much good he could have done had he remained faithful as did his sister Eunice.