Saturday, December 13, 2008

"He threw it away for God."

Though I'm not the first to do so, I'd like to call attention to two very moving paragraphs at the end of the obituary of Avery Cardinal Dulles published today by the Times of London:
After [Dulles'] consecration as a cardinal in Rome on February 21, 2001, the Gregorian University hosted a meal in his honor. Over the rattle of after-dinner coffee cups, various high-ranking ecclesial figures rose to praise Dulles’s life and work. The most revealing moment, however, may have come when, unexpectedly, one of his Dulles cousins stepped to the podium.

An aristocrat of that strange, old American variety — tall and puritanically thin, well but primly dressed, a daughter of stern Protestant New England — she explained that she had overheard as a child the outraged family discussions of the young Avery’s conversion. Uncle Allen, Aunt Eleanor, John Foster, all the senior family members gathered around to complain that the best and brightest of the family’s next generation seemed determined to throw his promising life away. “And, of course, they were right,” she said. “He did throw that life away. He threw it away for God.”
He threw it away for God. I can think of no better coda for a life well-lived. AMDG.


At 12/20/2008 8:28 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Definitely an inspiring statement. I found the quotation from Cardinal Dulles' last lecture in your previous post to be particularly moving and didactic for all of us. I've been completely removed from the news and the internet for about a week, due to exams and to a computer problem, and when I read the news a moment ago on the USCCB website, I went immediately to your blog. Sorry for being an absent reader recently during the final stages of the semester. Enjoy your Christmas break!


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