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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Catholic Confession

"When I come before the judgment throne, I will plead the promise of God in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. I will not plead any work I have done, although I will thank God that he has enabled me to do some good. I will plead no merits other than the merits of Christ, knowing that the merits of Mary and the saints are all from him; and for their company, their example, and their prayers through my earthly life I will give everlasting thanks. I will not plead that I had faith, for sometimes I was unsure of my faith, and in any event that would be to turn faith into a meritorious work of my own. I will not plead that I held the correct understanding of "justification by faith alone," although I will thank God that he led me to know ever more fully the great truth that much misunderstood doctrine was intended to protect. 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 will bring gratefully to the throne. But in seeking entry to that heavenly kingdom, I will, with Dysmas, look to Christ and Christ alone."

- Richard John Neuhaus (from his book Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross, cited in the journal Touchstone, March 2009, p. 6)

1 comment:

Randy Asburry said...

Wow! Great confession! (And it kind of takes the wind out of those sails that say Catholics try to earn or work their way to heaven! :-)