Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Pray for Father Richard John Neuhaus

Father Neuhaus, renowned convert and writer, thinker , commentator for EWTN and editor of First Things is near death. Please pray for a happy death. This is what he has written about death:

"We are born to die. Not that death is the purpose of our being born, but we are born toward death, and in each of our lives the work of dying is already underway. The work of dying well is, in largest part, the work of living well. Most of us are at ease in discussing what makes for a good life, but we typically become tongue-tied and nervous when the discussion turns to a good death. As children of a culture radically, even religiously, devoted to youth and health, many find it incomprehensible, indeed offensive, that the word "good" should in any way be associated with death. Death, it is thought, is an unmitigated evil, the very antithesis of all that is good.

Death is to be warded off by exercise, by healthy habits, by medical advances. What cannot be halted can be delayed, and what cannot forever be delayed can be denied. But all our progress and all our protest notwithstanding, the mortality rate holds steady at 100 percent.

Death is the most everyday of everyday things. It is not simply that thousands of people die every day, that thousands will die this day, although that too is true. Death is the warp and woof of existence in the ordinary, the quotidian, the way things are. It is the horizon against which we get up in the morning and go to bed at night, and the next morning we awake to find the horizon has drawn closer. From the twelfth-century Enchiridion Leonis comes the nighttime prayer of children of all ages: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray thee Lord my soul to keep; if I should die before I wake, I pray thee Lord my soul to take." Every going to sleep is a little death, a rehearsal for the real thing."


Anonymous Nancy said...

With Cardinal Dulles passing not too long ago, doesn't it seem like a lot of the good 'uns are going these days?

January 07, 2009 11:24 PM  
Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

I just heard about this this morning watching the DVR of EWTN Live.

"St. Joseph, be near our dear Father Neuhaus. We pray for a happy death. Mother Mary, hold him near your Immaculate Heart and welcome him Home to the splendor of your radiance, clothed with the sun, to behold the glory of God forever in the communion of the Saints. Amen"

January 08, 2009 7:47 AM  

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