Richard John Neuhaus, 1936-2009Posted: January 9, 2009
Please take a look at this very moving tribute to Fr. Neuhaus.
Also, just in case you don’t go there this statement from Fr. Neuhaus is especially meaningful:
“When I come before the judgment throne, I will plead the promise of God in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. I will not plead any work that I have done, although I will thank God that he has enabled me to do some good. I will plead no merits other than the merits of Christ, knowing that the merits of Mary and the saints are all from him; and for their company, their example, and their prayers throughout my earthly life I will give everlasting thanks. I will not plead that I had faith, for sometimes I was unsure of my faith, and in any event that would be to turn faith into a meritorious work of my won. I will not plead that I held the correct understanding of “justification by faith alone,” although I will thank God that he led me to know ever more fully the great truth that much misunderstood formulation was intended to protect. Whatever little growth in holiness I have experienced, whatever strength I have received from the company of the saints, whatever understanding I have attained of God and his ways – these and all other gifts received I will bring gratefully to the throne. But in seeking entry to that heavenly kingdom, I will…look to Christ and Christ alone.”
–Richard John Neuhaus. Death on a Friday Afternoon. New York: Basic Books, 2000) p. 70.
“I will not plead that I had faith, for sometimes I was unsure of my faith, and in any event that would be to turn faith into a meritorious work of my won. “
We have a tendancy to claim faith only but we even turn that into a work. Fr. Neuhaus saw this clearly.