Blog Template Theology of the Body: John R.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

John R.

True religion which God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to care for orphans and widows in their distress
and to keep one's self unspotted from the world.
James 1:27

First Presbyterian Churchof San Antonio Texas, is absolutely one of my favorite congregations in the whole world. This conservative Protestant community recently announced, with all solemnity, that they'd had a saint in their midst; in his devotion to the poor and heroic courage in showing the love of Christ so deliberately, this man was to become a model in holiness for us all. So the Presbyterians have a saint now.

He was my grandfather, John R. Shaw, Esq. and today the San Antonio Bar Association commemorates his life and sixty years of pro bono legal service in his community. If you all will permit me, this is my tribute to my own personal patron saint... these heroes of Christ's Kingdom really do walk among us from time to time.