Uncle Eddy's E-mails - August 25
Saint Louis IX,
King of France and Confessor
(entered heaven in 1270)
Your determination to serve your neighbor by going into
politics has always inspired me. I can even remember your award-winning discourse back in the
eighth-grade speech contest, when you exhorted everyone to substitute "statesman" for "politician"
as a way to acknowledge the nobility of civil service. That you sense a call from God to bring the
light of Catholic values into the growing darkness of international politics I also find reassuring.
You have understood that "career" should be synonymous with "service" and not with "success." I
trust that you will continue to take full advantage of the opportunities college affords you to
prepare yourself for this worthy mission. You may even want to make today´s saint (who also happens
to be your namesake) a personal patron. Never before or since has the Church produced such a
statesman, such a truly noble civil servant as St Louis IX, King of France.
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