George Weigel on Cardinal Martini and secular culture :
Eighteenth-century British Jacobites wistfully toasted the king over the water, referring to exiled King James II, his successors, and the Jacobite hope for a Stuart restoration to the throne of the United Kingdom. Throughout the pontificate of John Paul II, the cardinal archbishop of Milan, Carlo Maria Martini, S.J., was a kind of king over the water for Catholics of the portside persuasionthe pope who should-have-been and might-yet-be.
Also today, Russell E. Saltzman on Thanksgiving Day :
Back in 1980 out in rural Nebraska I conducted my first Thanksgiving Day worship service. It was not a good week. Lucille had died the previous afternoon. I was at the hospital with her husband, her sisters, and her children when, at age forty-eight, she lost a three-year battle with cancer. For some little while before she died she had whispered the sursum corda : Lift up your hearts.