Tim Carney: ‘Now I understand why you’re Catholic’

A fine piece by journalist and Catholic convert Tim Carney…

Tim Carney: An awful loss, a beautiful life, a daunting task

February 24, 2013 | 8:00 pm | Modified: February 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm


Nothing can prepare you for seeing your one-year-old nephew in a casket. Nothing can take away his parents’ agony. And nobody could have expected how much good work this helpless baby would do in 14 months.

John Paul Kilner was born with an advanced case of spinal muscular atrophy. Nearly paralyzed at birth, his body deteriorated further as he grew. …

Tribulations both reveal character and form it. JP’s struggles revealed his parents’ heroic virtue and fostered virtue in others. …

More than 500 people attended the beautiful funeral. One non-Catholic mourner was moved so much by the Mass she told Pat, “Now I understand why you’re Catholic.”

John Paul, who never spoke a word in his life, was the greatest evangelist of love, faith, virtue and hope I have ever met.

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