Friday, April 04, 2008

Life is a Blessing: the story of Servant of God Jerome Lejeune

Fourteen years ago today, Servant of God Dr. Jerome Lejeune went home to God.
In the CBS film on the life of Pope John Paul II, the opening scene shows the Holy Father on the day he was shot, rushing from luncheon to his appearance in St. Peter's Square. He is late, because he has had an amazing conversation with Dr. Jerome Lejeune, who he can't stop talking about. He says, "He has amazing ideas, Lejeune" and, "he has great intelligence and an even greater heart".

The date is May 13, 1981. The Holy Father had been discussing the foundation of the Pontifical Council of the Family with Dr. Lejeune. Minutes later, he was mortally wounded, and only escaped death because as he says, "one hand fired the bullet, and another (that of the Blessed Mother) guided it". These two great men shared a common cause; to save us from the Culture of Death.
Let's honor their memory by taking up the battle. Read "Life is a Blessing" the tender memoirs of Dr. Lejeune's daughter Clara, on the life of not only one of the greatest scientific minds of the 20th century, but one of the noblest souls as well.

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