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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Homily
    responses of Sargent Shriver was his answer to that question posed by Jesus I am the resurrection and the life Do you believe this He clearly said Yes Sarge s life was a profound manifestation that Jesus promises would be fulfilled and that he too could merit eternal life The powerful influence of his father and his father s dear friend Cardinal James Gibbons led Sarge to seek a close relationship with Christ early in his life He wrote I was deeply impressed by our Lord s teaching that we should not worry about what we should wear or eat or where we should live He told us that we should trust Him and His Father who cares lovingly for all His creatures So I decided to trust my future welfare to Him I just decided to do the best I could every day and leave the next day to Jesus Christ Sargent Shriver was a man for this age because from that knowledge of God and the promise of eternal life flowed his public life his commitment to the poor and his devotion the vision of a better world As a believer Sargent Shriver was convinced that our hope for a better world is rooted in our faith that God will help us make this happen Faith was the source of his perennial optimism and his social activism He was convinced that if we work hard enough and believe strongly enough God will be with us to bring about that world of peace justice understanding wisdom kindness respect and love that we call his kingdom coming to be on earth I recall the words of our Holy Father when he visited here in Washington in April of 2008 Addressing religious leaders of many faiths Pope Benedict said a united society can indeed arise from a plurality of peoples E pluribus unum out of many one provided that all recognize religious liberty as a basic civil right For Sargent Shriver religious faith was not only a basic human right but the fuel that stoked a life of self giving to effort to improve nearly every aspect of our society and indeed our world In 1963 Sargent Shriver addressed the graduating class of Fordham University In light of the Second Vatican Council he told the graduates that the Separation of Church and State does not mean the divorce of spiritual values from secular affairs Faith convictions moral values and defining religious experiences of life necessarily sustain the vitality of the whole society We can never stand alone disconnected uprooted from our convictions and our faith values With the kind permission of his children I would like to quote Sargent Shriver s own words written to his family He recognized his primary vocation was husband and father He wrote to his beloved Eunice I have tried my best to fulfill our vows of marriage to honor and respect you to cherish you and to raise up God fearing and God loving children

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - The New York Times: What I Learned From Sargent Shriver
    or rock n roll He and his beautiful bride Eunice Kennedy Shriver would go to Mass every day as much an act of rebellion against brutal modernity as it was an act of worship Love yes but love as a brave act a bold act requiring toughness and sacrifice His faith demanded action from him from all of us For the Word to become flesh we had to become the eyes the ears the hands of a just God Injustice could in the words of the old spiritual Be Overcome Robert Sargent sang Make me a channel of your peace and became the song Make me a channel of your peace Where there is hatred let me bring your love Where there is injury your pardon Lord And where there s doubt true faith in you Oh Master grant that I may never seek So much to be consoled as to console To be understood as to understand To be loved as to love with all my soul Make me a channel of your peace Where there s despair in life let me bring hope Where there is darkness only light And where there s sadness ever joy The Peace Corps was Jack Kennedy s creation but embodied Sargent Shriver s spirit Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty but Sarge led the charge These and the Special Olympics were as dramatic an incarnation of the ideas at the heart of America as the space program Robert Sargent Shriver changed the world more than a few times and I am happy to say changed my world forever In the late 90s when the Jubilee 2000 campaign which aimed to cancel the debts that the poorest nations owed to the richest asked me to help in the United States I called on

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Huffington Post: We Do This For Young People - In Tribute to Sargent Shriver
    people to know and affirm that social transformation in any society is contingent often on the activism and voices of those who cry out for justice and peace Sargent Shriver believed in power of youth social action and giving back to the community In fact ten years ago when we established the Hip Hop Summit Action Network our theme was and remains Taking back responsibility We were inspired by the good work of the generation before led by visionaries like Martin Luther King Jr Mahatma Gandhi Nelson Mandela Fannie Lou Hammer and Sargent Shriver These leaders knew that peace is not just the absence of war but it is the presence of justice Today we should rededicate ourselves to the universal principles of freedom justice equality and peace The truth is there are more reasons today to re launch the War on Poverty Millions of Americans and hundreds of millions more throughout the world are still suffering from abject poverty and misery Even during this period of relative economic recovery the plight of the poor and the impoverished hardly get any mention in the national and global debate It appears that as the pre 2012 national election season emerges on the political horizon in the United States there are strong reactionary winds blowing within our society to take big steps backward from ending poverty full health care coverage for all environmental justice immigration reform racial and ethnic tolerance high quality equal education prison and criminal justice reform full employment financial literacy and grassroots economic empowerment Shriver was proud of the face that in 2008 America witnessed the largest youth voter turnout in U S history One tangible tribute to Sargent Shriver will be for all of us to make 2011 the year of urgent preparation to make sure that our

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Memories of Sarge
    accomplished in launching the Peace Corps for his brother in law President Kennedy and in establishing and leading so many innovative programs of Lyndon Johnson s Great Society but I would soon come to grasp how it was that a guy who would so enthusiastically and unselfconsciously don such a ridiculous outfit for a biographer he barely knew could be such an effective leader In fact during the years he led the Peace Corps it was sometimes precisely that very sort of behavior that made him so effective especially in winning the affections of people in Peace Corps countries abroad because he would throw himself with such enthusiastic abandon into the folkways and traditions of the local culture This was vitally important for America during the years when the Cold War threatened to go hot Shriver s enthusiasm and his joie de vivre were incomparable His idealism was lofty his intellect despite persistent murmurings by jealous competitors less smooth and charismatic than he that he was a lightweight was penetrating and didn t always suffer fools gladly his commitment to service to serving his country to serving God to serving those less fortunate than he was utterly serious Yet what kept him from becoming ponderous or intimidating as his formidable and amazingly accomplished wife Eunice could sometimes be was his remarkable lightness of spirit I am not going spend much time here recounting his many achievements and his historical importance I spent seven years and more than 700 pages doing that in my book But I do want to emphasize a few things As I wrote in the biography Shriver s achievements his pivotal role in getting John F Kennedy elected President in 1960 leading JFK s talent hunt his founding against long odds and leading the Peace Corps his launching of Head Start Legal Services for the Poor VISTA and many other programs as part of the War on Poverty his presiding over the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam his helping his wife to found the Special Olympics his cultivating a generation of public servants who will continue to exert a powerful influence on American history for years to come make him one of the major figures of the second half of the twentieth century It is as my wife herself a former Head Start teacher said recently criminal that Shriver is not better known She also says that no one she has ever met better exemplified the best parts of the Christian faith And as I myself have frequently said echoing his former War on Poverty colleague Colman McCarthy a good case can be made that Shriver through the programs he started and ran and through the generation of public servants he inspired may have positively affected more people around the world than any twentieth century American who was not a President or other major elected official or Martin Luther King One of the things that I hope comes across in my book is that inscribed in Shriver

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - The Peace Corps Legacy
    to dinner once at Sarge s to talk about East Africa in preparation for a trip he and his family were planning He taped a big map of Africa on the wall next to the dining room table Ask Ms Harding questions about Africa he urged his two youngest sons Tell them how to greet people in Swahili he said to me He was the man who told the Congress that a Peace Corps volunteer would be different from The Ugly American of the 50s They would speak the local language and be versed in the local culture in which they served This alone was a defining aspect of Peace Corps service which has drawn tens of thousands to serve Sarge embraced service and made it a critical focus of our lives In the 1980s I ran the Peace Corps Institute located in Sarge s law firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Kempelman It was heady to work directly with this gracious man whose dynamism and vision propelled us to work tirelessly to make sure the Peace Corps survived the Reagan Administration s worst hopes to kill it and VISTA At his book party at the World Bank in 2004 I stood in line to have my book signed He had given me a kiss on the cheek earlier in the event as I stood talking to Bobby I was sure he had mistaken me for someone else He had already been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease When my turn came to hand him my book for his signature I said my name and Sarge I know of no other American I admire as much as I admire you He smiled and started to write in the book I ll never forget how much you admired me Debbie Harding That

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Los Angeles Times: Sargent Shriver's Lasting Legacy
    s degrees they often found themselves completely unprepared for whatever jobs awaited them But most of them also forged deep and lasting connections with their hosts which represented the upside of Shriver s gospel of personality Of the Peace Corps three goals developed by Shriver only one mentions skills or manpower The other two emphasize cross cultural knowledge to help Americans understand other people and to help them understand us No matter what your assignment then your real job was to create personal relationships with human beings different from yourself And that s the real legacy of the Peace Corps which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year What has the agency accomplished for health education or development around the world I couldn t really tell you But I do know its effect on human friendship tolerance and understanding And I know it from personal experience because I too joined the Peace Corps Unlike my father who had a decade of lawyering under his belt when he signed up I entered straight out of college So I was even less prepared for my assignment to teach English in the western foothills of Nepal What did I know about teaching really I had tutored a prep school kid during college to earn some spending money and that was it I picked up a few tricks during Peace Corps training and the rest was up to me So I made the most of it I lived with a family that took me in as their own even asking me to name its newborn child We huddled around a fire in the cold months and sat outside when it was warm talking about everything under the sun At school I experimented Most Nepalese education involved simple repetition so I tried other things pantomimes dialogues and games Sometimes it worked just as often I fell flat on my face The village threw a big party when I left slaying a goat in my honor I walked three days over the hills that took me to the bus road crying much of the time I went home got married went to grad school had kids And then one day more than 10 years after I had returned to the U S I got a phone call from a guy in Ohio who had been one of my students After I left Nepal he had been posted elsewhere in the country where he met a Peace Corps volunteer and fell in love They married and had moved to the United States On a visit to our house he recalled the pantomimes and dialogues and also the time I yelled at him for teasing the girls And when he met his future wife she told us the first thing he said was Hello miss Do you know Jon Zimmerman Last summer I returned to Nepal with my 17 year old daughter The three day walk to my village had become a three hour one thanks to new roads

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Time: Sargent Shriver, Statesman, 95
    in World War II and being wounded in battle working for interracial justice I was most amazed that he rarely spoke about the past and instead focused on the moment and on the person he was with Whether you were the President of the United States a Senator or a taxicab driver he always focused on you and what you were doing and thinking When he died I was taken aback by the people who waited in line at the wake including two waitresses from his favorite restaurant and the guy who worked at the airport ticket counter They waited for 45 minutes in the cold just to tell my family that Dad was a good man My father got thumped in his two races for national office but his message and his character still struck a chord in people After losing in 1972 he said to George McGovern We lost 49 states but we never lost our souls He tried to do what was right not what was politically expedient He wasn t the best politician but he was a good man which is more important and harder to achieve Click here to read the article at time com

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Yale Daily News: Shriver Dies at 95
    founding the Peace Corps in 1961 He did so at Kennedy s request and in an effort to fulfill a campaign promise to create a service corps When Shriver stepped down as director of the program in 1966 the Peace Corps had placed over 15 000 volunteers in locations around the world To date the program has never seen as many participants as it did then according to the Peace Corps website In the Peace Corps in the War on Poverty we ve learned that the challenge before America today is not to become richer or bigger or stronger but to become more human Shriver said in an Oct 4 1967 speech at the University of California Berkeley William Josephson who worked with Shriver to found the Peace Corps and was the organization s general counsel from 1961 to 1966 called Shriver an incredibly creative dynamic energetic person Josephson praised him for not letting his success go to his head adding that adversity never affected his good humor Despite the success of the Peace Corps Shriver did not rest on his laurels Mickey Kantor a United States trade representative from 1993 to 1997 and United States Secretary of Commerce from 1996 97 first met Shriver when the two worked together to found the Legal Service Corporation a non profit corporation that provides civil legal help to poor Americans in 1974 Sargent s and Eunice s watchword was not what you did yesterday but what you are going to do today and tomorrow Kantor said Throught the turbulent 1960s and 1970s Shriver served as the conscience of America Yale Law School Dean Robert Post said continuously demanding that we face with courage and compassion but without sentimentality or condescension those who required assistance in the burgeoning American economy REJECTING POVERTY Shriver s work with the Peace Corps made him a prime candidate to lead President Lyndon B Johnson s famous War on Poverty He served as the first director of the Office of Economic Opportunity OEO from 1965 to 1968 the bureaucratic organization designed to wage Johnson s war In this capacity Shriver founded a myriad of social outreach programs including Volunteers in Service to America VISTA the Community Action Program Job Corps and Head Start During his tenure as director of the OEO Shiver also founded the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law formerly known as the National Clearinghouse for Legal Services when it was founded in 1967 John Bouman current president of the Center said Shriver was adamant that poor communities be able to participate in policy conversations and important public decisions and designed the center around this goal No other human being in America is the architect of four such institutions not even counting the Special Olympics Kantor said referring to the Peace Corps Head Start Job Corps and the Legal Services Corporation No other American living or dead has that record But not all of Shriver s public service projects were governmental in nature He and

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