you know, the Vatican understandably moves slowly, and
as yet, has not set into motion the process for canonization
of the American actor and Frozen Pizza King Paul Newman.
And perhaps it never will.
he is to me Saint Paul of Pizza,
a modern saint of almost incomparable stature, and I
think he must be close
to Your Sacred Heart for the good
he has done, and for the singular example
he has set for selfless charity
in the modern world.
You know, concocting his own
salad dressing recipe and bottling it
first for friends, he later established
his own brand, producing pizzas
and other frozen food products for sale,
with 100% of the profits going to charity.
His ongoing generosity had reached
$300 million by 2010, and continues
to this day.
would seem difficult to find another person more worthy
for continuous charitable giving than Paul, who began
by mixing one bowl of salad dressing, and ended by setting
for all of us a singular exemplar of Your admonishment
to care for the less fortunate among us.
bless the soul of Paul Newman, Lord, and let his example
shine across the world
and inspire others to take seriously your injunction
to love our neighbors
as ourselves, and to give generously
to the poor.
bless also those who have protected and continued the
project which began,
and let it have a long, fruitful existence.
me be alert for ways in my own life
in which I can be more generous, and do more good for
the poor, for my friends,
for my acquaintances, and for all whom I come into contact
with each day.
You, Lord, for Paul Newman,
and for all others who offer us present-day examples
of selfless service to their fellow human beings in
than $330 million has been given by Newman's Own
to thousands of charities since 1982.