Thursday, January 8, 2009

Quote: Richard John Neuhaus, "Born Toward Dying"

"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." >>
Requiescat in pace, Fr. Neuhaus (May 14, 1936 – January 8, 2009) .

1 comment:

Jake Shore said...

That quote is both comforting and disturbing at the same time. Sad to see a giant like him leave us.