Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rest In Peace, Edward Kennedy

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to
light: Grant that your servant Edward, being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

It's the end of an era. Let's hope that the Congress will do the right thing and pass a Health Care Plan of which Ted Kennedy would be proud.


David |Dah • veed| said...

The end of a legacy. The end of a Statesonian dynasty.

A good politician. A flawed human, like all of us.

Yes, R.I.P. (Q.E.P.D.) Edward "Teddy" Kennedy

Fran said...


Josh Indiana said...

Today on my Daily Office blog I received a comment from a guy thanking me for putting together the Office, but complaining about all the "politics," apparently because I included a picture of Sen. Kennedy and asked people to pray for his wife, family, friends and constituents.

Ted Kennedy's been on our prayer list for over a year, and this morning I had to move his name from the sick list to the RIP one. When I got the bulletin about his death (1 a.m. local) I was so shocked and dismayed I automatically pulled the more generic picture I had (a cathedral somewhere) for one of him that was more timely. It is, after all, the Daily Office, marking the passage of time, the events of the day.

My polite commenter said that when he visits the site, he doesn't want any intrusion from the madding crowd; he comes to contemplate God. Of course I respect that; I try not to intrude with my own agenda.

But I can't run stained glass windows 24/7 and besides, the madding crowd's half the point.

Thank you, Padre Mickey, for posting a Teddy prayer. I'm still wondering what the right balance is between timely and timeless; how the Word and Sacraments are always delivered via mortals with personalities, quirks and agendas, but when we discern Objective Reality the priest's quirks fade to nothing; whether plugging health care reform is too much politics or not friggin' enough.

The one thing I know is that asking for prayers for a dead man's wife and kids is exactly what I meant to do, so FEITCTAJ. And that's my word verification for today.

(The last several letters stand for If They Can't Take A Joke.)

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