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Sargent Shriver and God

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 19, 2011 | 12:02 pm

Kennedy biographer Laurence Leamer was on NPR this morning talking about Sargent Shriver, who died yesterday at 95. Shriver was a legendary figure in the world of public service and well-known if far less successful in politics. He was also a devoted Catholic, and it was Leamer’s response to Shriver celebrating Mass most mornings that caught my attention:

I asked him once, Why do you go to Mass every morning? And he said, Because I need God everyday. He was indeed a public servant of a kind we do not have very much of anymore.

That reminds me of Martin Luther’s great line that he was “too busy not to pray.”

The Catholic Online has more about the great pro-life liberal Catholic.

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