Ted Kennedy was a devoted father.
Many years ago, before my complete embrace of our Catholic faith, I used to read a lot on Ted Kennedy due to my fascination of his political career and of his father, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. There were many good and bad things I encountered, though what stood out above all was his devotion to his children.
I admired how he would make time out of his busy schedule. To cut short high-powered meetings so he could quickly drive over to watch one of his children participate in an athletic event.
He always carried that big toothy grin of his in any picture I saw of him with his children. It seemed that he found the most joy in life in being there for them.
This reminds me in many ways how Ted Kennedy exhibited some of the traits of Saint Joseph.
Saint Joseph, though Jesus’ putative father, was a true father by affection, by care and solicitude.
I could easily discern the great love that Ted Kennedy had shown to his children by his involvement in their daily lives, by affection, by care and solicitude.
Ted Kennedy was a man I admired and respected by his faithful fulfillment of his duties as a father.
That is the Ted Kennedy I will remember the most.
May you be enveloped by the Beatific Vision.
 Dr. Rosalie A. Turton, 31 Day Novena to St. Joseph, (Asbury, NJ: The 101 Foundation, Inc., 2001), 11-12.