I thought I’d take the occasion to note an almost-absence in Catholic blogdom: the near silence about the passing of one of the most extraordinary American Catholics of our time, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
That said, I am frankly amazed at this near silence. Maybe I was hoping for too much. Are Eunice’s and Sargent’s identification with the Democratic party establishment so salient as to blind people to their authentic Catholic advocacy in the best of the seamless garment tradition? Of course, I guess I should not be surprised when too many people spit out “seamless garment” as a facile epithet meaning “cop-out” and they forget people for whom it was never a cop-out.
The lives of two Kennedy sisters who never held office – Rosemary and Eunice – should demonstrate yet again that one need not hold civil or ecclesiastical office to do the most for the least of God’s children. In Rosemary’s case, it was not voluntary as such, but I think the two of them together represent a powerful reminder of the traditional Catholic appreciation of the complementarity of the operations of grace through human lives, not merely through our actions but through our just being who we are.
Would that any of us could meet our Creator with the lives they presented back to Him at the end of their earthly pilgrimages.
Pax ex bonum