May 14th, 2014
08:25 AM ET

The secret confessions of Jackie Kennedy

Washington (CNN) - She wrote of being in love, falling out of love, fearing a marriage to a skirt-chaser and then loving that marriage, and believing in God to hold on to the hope of reuniting with her assassinated husband.

Letters that a young Jacqueline Bouvier, and later a married Jackie Kennedy, wrote to a Catholic priest in Ireland offer a rare and revealing glimpse of the private thoughts of one of America's most admired first ladies.

An icon of style and elegance, she came to symbolize an administration nicknamed Camelot that ended with the violent death of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963.

Over a period from when she first met the Rev. Joseph Leonard on a trip to Ireland in 1950 until he died in 1964, she wrote him more than two dozen letters.

She only met him in person once more, in 1955, but the letters being sold at auction in Ireland provide insight into the personal dreams, wishes and fears of a young woman who became one of the world's most popular figures.

- CNN Religion Editor

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soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. thefinisher1

    Looks like someone needs anger management. Are you ok? Do you believe that taking your anger out on people you don't know is a good idea? Atheism is pathetic. Grow up, kid. Time to start acting like a mature adult. Leave your delusion behind you! It gets better!😜

    June 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm |
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    May 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm |
  3. Vic

    I always felt sorry for Jackie Kennedy, with all the luxury she had, she was a women of great sorrows. Nothing can buy happiness.

    One of the main things I aim to do in this life is to always make sure that I don't cause anyone any grief, whether I agree with him/her or not.

    May 15, 2014 at 4:59 am |
    • Theo Phileo

      "I aim to do in this life is to always make sure that I don't cause anyone any grief"
      With respect, sir, how can anyone come to Christ unless they are first brought to grief over their sins?

      1 Corinthians 1:22-25 – For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

      May 15, 2014 at 8:23 am |
      • Vic

        A believer in God shall not judge nor condemn anyone.

        Just like Faith in God is a conviction of the heart of the believer, grief for sin is by the believer him/herself. Only the Holy Spirit convicts the believer of sin and then intercede for him/her. As Christians, we shall not play God in people's lives, we shall not force anyone to believe nor shall we force anyone to grieve for his/her sins.

        May 15, 2014 at 10:37 am |
        • Vic

          Matthew 7:1,2
          Luke 6:37
          Romans 2:1 & 8:1,2

          John 16:8
          Romans 8:26,27
          Titus 3:4-6

          May 15, 2014 at 10:47 am |
      • sam stone

        "how can anyone come to Christ unless they are first brought to grief over their sins? "

        That required a little translation, theo

        "how can we sell them the nonsense cure until we convince them of the nonsense disease?"

        you're welcome.

        always here to help

        May 16, 2014 at 7:06 am |
      • Akira

        You'll likely not win many converts to Christ by causing them pain, Theo. Nobody likes to get hurt.

        May 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm |
    • Science Works

      Morning Vic- Theo

      And the Pope wants to baptize martians (green) so they can go that make believe place called heaven.....comedy gold !

      May 15, 2014 at 9:22 am |
    • hotairace

      Nothing like a couple of Babble Humpers throwing Babble Bullsh/b>it at each other. . .

      May 15, 2014 at 10:58 am |
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