How Sargent Shriver planned JFK’s funeral: “He enacted his faith…”

Just in time for Father’s Day, Mark Shriver has published a memoir about his father called “A Good Man.”  At one point, he describes, powerfully and poignantly, how his father planned the funeral for JFK: I firmly believe that Dad’s faith in God gave him the strength and the discipline to orchestrate the funeral events— at [Read More...]

Homily for January 30, 2011: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My friend Pat McNamara tells a story about being at St. Patrick’s Cathedral about 12 years ago.  It was the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, and they had this large portrait of her hanging to one side, over a side altar.  After mass, as Pat was getting ready to leave, he noticed an elderly [Read More...]

For Sargent Shriver: "Soon and Very Soon"

Vanessa Williams sang this rafter-raiser at Sargent Shriver’s funeral this morning — a mass celebrated by Washington’s Cardinal Wuerl at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Potomac, Maryland (which, by coincidence, happens to be where my wife attended grade school, and where the funerals for her grandparents were held.) Here’s a jubilant rendition of this [Read More...]

Quote of the day: "Break the mirrors!"

Words to live by… “Break your mirrors!  Yes, indeed — shatter the glass.  In our society that is so self-absorbed, begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. Learn more about the face of your neighbor, and less about your own. I suggest this: when you get to be 30, 40, 50, [Read More...]

Sargent Shriver, RIP

He has the distinction of being the last pro-life Democrat to run on a presidential ticket — or at least, the last so far. He died today at the age of 95.   A remembrance and appreciation of him by Joshua Mercer, here at CatholicVote: I hope you will join me in praying for the repose [Read More...]