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I I 'and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.' Inaugural address, ]an. 20, I961 JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY, 1917. 1963 A PROFILE IN COURAGE OHN F. KENNEDY was buried on the birthday of a young boy and an old man, both of whom shared his name and shared his love. They were John Jr., his physical son and the late John XXIII, his spiritual father. What present has he left little John-John this Novem- ber 25? A red tricycle? A ball? No, something far more pre- cious. He bequeathed to his son a heritage, a torch of free- dom kindled with Kennedy courage and kept burning with Kennedy blood. The lifeless arms of lohn Kennedy Sr. can no longer carry that torch forward to light the way to freedom's new frontiers. It is now up to John ]r.--to the youth of America everywhere to complete his father's great unfin- ished task. HEN his mother, Jacqueline, told John-John that his father was dead, the boy replied: "But mother, who will play with me?" The silence that must have followed taught this little man liberty's hardest lesson and first law: that security is contingent upon the will to sacrifice. This ideal of sacrifice in preference to security was John Ken- nedy's parting gift to the sons of freedom everywhere. But, what blessing has the United States' youngest President left behind to please the soul of John XXIII? The answer is clear. John Kennedy lived and died a good President. He also lived and died, as far as mortal minds can judge, a good Catholic. His exemplary record in pub- lic office has once and for all exploded the age-old myth that the phrases "American President" and "Roman Catholic'* can never be reconciled. This new birth of religious free- dom would have indeed thrilled the heart of our late Holy Father. OHN KENNEDY served his Church in death as well as life. A Catholic has written an illustrious chapter in American historv. And that nation has proudly accepted his unique contribution to its glorious heritage. It was only natural that when he died, the people everywhere turned in- stinctively to his Church to mourn and bury him in their name. Thus, a neu, plateau of religious understanding has resulted and American Democracy has been strengthened, _not weakened, by the expe'ience. This great advance along new frontiers of ecu;nenism must indeed deeply touch the soul of the late father of world peace and Christian unity. F)OPE JOHN, no doubt, looked down and smiled com- passionately upon the little soldier who raised his hand in salute as his father's flag-draped casket passed by. For the old man knows what the young boy will one day learn-- The courageous spirit of John F. Kennedy was not only a torch to light America, but a beacon to guide the world. Vol. 66--No. 48  41 Seattle, Wash., Friday, Nov. 29 1963 / /