thoughts from Fr. James V. Schall, 29 Jan 2010:
Ralph McInerny died in South Bend this morning. Several of his children were with him . Many friends knew he was dying.
He was the best of men. He lived with a light heart and a careful eye.
McInerny introduced many of us to Aquinas. Not that we had not read him before, but McInerny gave us the greater view....
His death assures us that a living voice and a wisdom we relied on is not there except in memory. Yet, we can read him as long as we wish. He lives on in his words and, yes, in his children and students.
McInerny was a happy man in a happy marriage. He did not need to count his blessings. They were simply there before him. McInerny pusued the truth all his life. He was a true professor who knew his priorities. They were not himself. He was a generous man who gave us all his most prcious gift: a love of truth, an appreciation of wit, and a delight in our search for what is.