In watching the funeral for Ted Kennedy today, and parts of the Celebration of Life at the Kennedy Library last evening, it is impossible to avoid the fact of his faith, and how central it was to his entire life.
He was no armchair Christian, no lukewarm, Sunday-only practitioner. He was not a public man who mouthed a faith and then lived as if it did not matter.
As many assess his political life, it seems clear that the core of Ted Kennedy was his God and his faith as a Christian. And, true to that faith, he wrestled every day with the implications of it for his life.
Of course, he fell short, sometimes with hideous consequences. But his faith told him to get up again, and he did. And at other times, he soared.
I believe the essence of Jesus’ life and teachings is not to live a perfect life so much as it is to exhibit a zest for life–for giving life everything you’ve got. Ted Kennedy came about as close as anyone I know to doing that.
Thanks, Ted. We are better for having known you.