From the September/October, 2010 issue of Touchstone
Say It Again by Randall Smith

Say It Again

Randall Smith on What Is There to Talk About in Heaven?

Not too long ago, I was at a funeral. It was a sad affair, as the funerals of people who have played an important part in one’s life usually are. But one thing that went a long way to diminishing the grief was the excellent homily of Fr. Marvin O’Connell, preaching on the occasion of the death of his long-time friend (of some 65 years), the venerable Ralph McInerny, professor of philosophy for over fifty years at the University of Notre Dame, author of numerous books on Thomas Aquinas, founding editor of Crisis magazine, and creator of the priest-sleuth Fr. Dowling.

During that homily, Fr. O’Connell suggested that Ralph McInerny would n . . .

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