January 09, 2009

A Loving Tribute to Fr. Neuhaus

There are lots of pieces about Fr. Neuhaus, who passed away yesterday morning, around the blogsphere. But this one, by my friend Jordan Hylden, is especially lovely:

But he was unfailingly generous, to me and to everyone around him. He spent hours listening carefully to my no-doubt half-baked apologias for Anglicanism, answering my long list of questions (theological, political, personal, you name it), patiently working with my writing, giving advice, praying with me, and just generally being a good guy. People sometimes forget that before he was a writer and a national figure, he was a pastor. First Things was a ministry of love for him. He was a man who had the ear of presidents, professors, and popes, but he also had time for me. I don’t know if I was ever able to tell him how much his encouragement and example meant to me, but it meant the world.

Requiesat in pace, aeternam.

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