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SHRIVER--Sargent. The world has lost a treasured and most valuable human being, Sargent Shriver. A man of great faith and eternal optimism, he served our nation and changed the lives of millions as a public servant. The D'Urso family was blessed to know Sargent Shriver, his beloved wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver and their children as special, dear friends. We extend our heartfelt sympathy and dearest love to their devoted children, Maria, Robert, Timothy, Mark and Anthony, as well as their 19 grandchildren and all of the Shriver and Kennedy families. The Roman Catholic faith that was born in his childhood home and nurtured as an altar boy serving Mass for the Sulpicians at St. Mary's in Roland Park, Maryland became the driving force of Sargent Shriver's incredible life of service to his country and his fellow man, his eternal hope for the future and his compassion for humanity. Sargent Shriver was truly an American hero who cared for the least among us, was a voice for the voiceless, and inspired the best in all of us. Embodying St. Benedict's rule, "Ora et Labora" - Pray and Work - Sargent Shriver was a daily communicant at Mass who spent each day of his life tirelessly working for the betterment of humanity. As Founding Director of the Peace Corps, architect of the War on Poverty, U.S. Ambassador to France, advocate for the Special Olympics with his beloved wife and founder, Eunice, and now their son Timothy, and in his countless other good works for justice and peace throughout the world, Sargent Shriver's vision, unbridled enthusiasm and charismatic leadership were born of love, the Love of Christ and reverence for the sanctity of each human life. Msgr. John Patrick Carroll-Abbing, founder of Boys Town of Italy in Rome wrote, "The secret of happiness is to love, but the essence of love is to serve." The United States has lost a treasure, but, surely Heaven has gained a saint. A devoted husband and father, Sargent Shriver's dedication to public service was matched only by his love for his family. May Sargent Shriver's legacy live on in the service, vitality, faith, hope and love of a new generation, a legacy already embodied in the works of service of his amazing children. Sargent Shriver had a well-worn Rosary. Let us remember to pray daily to Divine Mercy, which the world so needs, and to say often - "JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU!" -- The Holy Family -"Help me to live by the example of the Holy Family united in respect and love with all mankind. Bless me, my friends, and family, that by drawing close to You, we may come closer to each other. Protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. We ask this through Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen." The D'Urso family shared Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver's great love for Blessed Mother Teresa who said, "The World today is Hungry not only for Bread, but Hungry to be Loved." She also said, "If we Pray, we will Believe. If we Believe, we will Love. If we Love, we will Serve." In gratitude for his heroic, unselfish life, Florence D'Urso and her family, who also serve the poorest of the poor throughout the world, will make a contribution to the Special Olympics in India in memory of our dear friend, Sargent Shriver.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 23, 2011
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