Spes mea

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 I have received I will bring gratefully to the throne. But in seeking entry into that heavenly kingdom, I will, with Dysmas, look to Christ and Christ alone.

Then I hope to hear him say, "Today you will be with me in paradise," as I hope with all my being – because, although looking to him alone, I am not alone – he will say to all.

Death on a Friday Afternoon (printed on the prayer card at Fr. Neuhaus’ funeral yesterday morning)