I first met you Ted, almost 20 years ago, I was immediately
struck by the significance of what you had to say and
the integrity of your life. Never before were Christ's
words so lucid and alive.
I will always treasure your friendship and our time
together, particularly when you came to Ireland
with Kathleen and me in 1996. You opened our eyes and
hearts to so much - the terrible injustices inflicted
upon our Aboriginal brothers and sisters and the riches
of a free and open heart. You quietly invited us to
join you on your journey and it has been a journey stripped
of rules and dogma, with large spaces for the many people
for whom there is no room at the Inn.
With integrity and grace, you offered us the challenge
to be more fully human and you filled our lives with
people requiring of us that we personally face that
challenge. In your insistence that we love and care
for one another, you have been at once demanding, subversive
Shirl always spoke at the end of Mass, each time as
if to a new audience. It often went something like this:
MRC - Mad
Roman Catholic. This man here, he is Father Ted Kennedy
and next to St Martin de Porres and Jesus Christ himself,
he is the greatest man that ever walked this earth".
am in the company of a great multitude when I say I
love Ted Kennedy.
by Danny Gilbert