Recently, I attended the funeral of Rosie San Paolo, a 93-year-old lady who is a bit of a rock star around here — known for being active in diocesan and charitable issues.
Rosie left her mark on the area, possibly most noticeably, as a pro-life leader. She organized the formation of Voices for Life, a diocesan-sponsored activism and outreach group. She rallied people — young and old — to participate in public events like Life Chain. She invited crowds of people to educational and philanthropic events for organizations such as Birthright and Vitae dinners. She worked hard for decades to see the last abortion clinic close in southern Missouri. For me and many others, she was the first person that engaged us in a life-affirming event. She personally invited people and persisted until we gave her point of view a chance. Her legacy is seen in this area of the country in the form of a much-stronger pro-life culture with activists from many different faith traditions, thriving pro-life pregnancy centers and services, as well as a public that is less tolerant of the culture of death found in the media and politics at large. Read more