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Ruth Van Kooy was born in 1957 and met Michael Pakaluk when both were Harvard undergraduates, which has caused some to compare them to the famous couple in the book and movie Love Story. She died of cancer in September 1998 at age forty-one.
The head of Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL), Ruth had her own television show which focused on opposition to abortion and other socially conservative issues.
After her death, her husband compiled the letters she had written to family and friends throughout her adulthood and published them in a book called The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God. In an introduction to the book, Boston College professor Peter Kreeft writes that "people in Worcester wished to consider opening her cause for sainthood" soon after she died. Her cause for canonization as a Catholic saint is now underway.
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- Pakaluk, Michael (2011). The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. p. 272. ISBN 978-1-58617-451-4.