A Great Priest Remembered


Today is the one year anniversary of the death of Fr Richard John Neuhaus. Tonight a Mass for the repose of his soul is being said in St Patrick's Cathedral. First Things Magazine, of which Fr Neuhaus was chief editor, has printed the homily given by Fr George Rutler at that Mass.
The library of Fr Neuhaus' writings is extensive.
If you've read anything by this priest, you know what an asset he was and his writings continue to be to the Church. If you haven't read anything by him, I suggest Death On a Friday Afternoon. This article is Fr Neuhaus' reflection and meditation on the seven last words of Christ.
My first encounter with Fr Neuhaus' writing was an article he wrote in First Things about Bible translations. It was because of this article that I now use the Douay~Rheims translation. Fr Neuhaus was not a fan of the New American Bible which is the translation used in or Lectionary for Mass. When I read some of the Douay~Rheims, that was it, I was hooked! (I apologize for not giving a link to that article, but I can't remember which one it was. If you search First Things Archives, you will find several articles written by father on this topic.)
Fr. Rutler gave a beautiful homily at this Mass for Fr Neuhaus; you can read it here.
May this good and faithful priest rest in the peace of Christ.

Comments

Colleen said…
Thank you for this post. I read Death on a Friday Afternoon. Excellent. Your blog looks great! I have redone 2 of mine. 1 more to go! :) God bless!
Nancy said…
I can't believe it's been a year already. It seems like just yesterday I was watching the Pope's visit to the US and listening to Father's commentary!
May his soul rest in peace!
Karinann said…
Thanks Colleen- Death On A Friday... is a great meditation for Lent or anytime really.
Nancy I hadn't realized the year had gone by until I read Fr MacRae's blog on Wednesday.(These Stone Walls-it's on my sidebar under priestly blogs)
Anne said…
Thanks for this post. I had not ever heard of Fr. Neuhaus. I'll have to look for Death on a Friday. Love the new look of the blog!
Karinann said…
Anne, Just follow the link for Death On A Friday Afternoon in this post it should take you right to it at the First Things site.
Thanks for stopping by.
Michael said…
Death on a Friday has been on my list for a while. You just inspired me to make sure it gets ready by Easter.

thanks.
Michael said…
P.S. Your blog looks great btw!
Karinann said…
Thanks Michael. Death On A Friday Afternoon is definitely worth the time, but then again so is most if not all of Fr Neuhaus' work.