Skip to comments.On Fr. Neuhaus (Received Last Rites)
Posted on 01/07/2009 1:16:01 PM PST by Pyro7480
His friends and family are keeping vigil and he was administered last rites shortly after midnight. Fr. George Rutler, who gave him the Catholic Sacrament, says that he is not expected to live long and suggests that it is appropriate that prayers be offered for a holy death.
Fr. Neuhaus has come close to this moment before and been back. If its his time: Go in peace. He's a man who has loved and served His Lord. When he leaves this world, his vast intellectual and spiritual body of work will have a long life here....
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Prayers for Fr. Neuhaus. A remarkable man.
Aves and Paternosters going up. What a blessing he has been for us!
I will miss him dearly. May our Heavenly Father grant him a peaceful death and a grand homecoming.
It surely will not hurt having one more advocate in Heaven praying for us. Thanks be to God for the gift he has been.
If you feel that it’s appropriate you should ping your lists, Father Neuhaus (first as a Lutheran and then as a Catholic) has been a lifelong advocate for traditional Christian morality.
My prayers for Fr. N to have a good death. May he rest in the loving arms of Almighty God in peace and love forever.
Thanks so much for posting, Pyro.
It’s not “Last Rites” anymore.
It’s Anointing of the Sick.
The words “Last Rites” scared me so much that I didn’t get the Sacrament before surgery. I did okay but I wish I would have.
He has been at the point of death before and recovered. Prayers for him in any case.
One does not have to be Catholic to appreciate Fr Neuhaus. God bless him and Godspeed.
He has been a light in this increasingly darkening worl.
I will miss his wit in FT and will continue to hold him in prayers.
Well, even when it was widely called “Last Rites,” it was generally recommended that any Catholic going through substantial medical procedures receive the sacrament.
If he is to pass away soon, trust he hears the words: “Well, done my good and faithful servant.”
Full “Last Rites” is Confession, Anointing of the Sick, and Communion. And the Plenary Indulgence for the Dying is not to be sneezed at!
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Lord, ease the passage of your servant Richard into Thy loving embrace.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.
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>>Full Last Rites is Confession, Anointing of the Sick, and Communion. And the Plenary Indulgence for the Dying is not to be sneezed at!<<
It used to be called Extreme Unction and “Last Rites” in English.
Now it’s “Anointing of the Sick”. In my parish, there is no distinction between what used to be “Extreme Unction” and “Anointing of the Sick” now.
Confession and Communion are also administered whether a person is dying or sick, so the Plenary Indulgence holds for a sick OR dying person.
It has been said that a man’s faith is his foundation and worship his trust but for those of us who feel differently about that which supports him, there exists a confusion about what we should know.
How does one politely ask what it is the last rites do?
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I realize that many of you are not Catholic, but please say a prayer for Father Neuhaus, he has been one of America’s greatest defenders of life and traditional Judeo-Christian morality.
Thank You and God Bless
Coming from an old Pollack parish, when you got “Last Rites” you died.
Before surgery, my heart said NO eventhough my mind knew the facts.
Last rites aka anointing of the sick: a Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation
rites performed in connection with a death or burial
He will be missed. Prayers for Fr. Neuhaus.
Prayers for Fr. Richard John Neuhaus.
Lord Jesus, have mercy on your servant Fr. Neuhaus. St. Joseph, Patron of the Dying, be with him. Holy Mary, pray for him.
Praying for Father Neuhaus now...
God Bless him, in the Name of Jesus.
Praise and gratitude for your work, Fr.
Although often called "Last Rites," the sacrament can be received any number of times, whenever there is life-threatening illness or accident.
The anointing with oil is also accompanied by the sacrament of Confession to forgive the person's sins, and, if available, the Holy Eucharist. When the Holy Eucharist is given to someone near death, it is called the Viaticum, "provisions for a journey."
Lord, now let Thy servant depart in peace,
According to Thy word;
For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation
Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples,
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Thy people Israel.
Thanks you for posting that scripture.
I can only add my prayers and “Amen.”
Father Niehaus was on with Raymond Arroyo during the funeral of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict. That was when I decided to sign up for RCIA classes which led to my becoming Catholic.
I will forever associate Father Niehaus with my conversion.
I will offer prayers for him again tonight when I say the Rosary.
Sad to see this. Love First Things, and will miss him.
God grant him a speedy recovery, or a death in Christ.
When they said Joseph Ratizinger, both of them laughed with joy.
I was in my classroom.(I teach at a public school, but it was study hall and a bunch of the kids that where Catholic wanted to watch it)I was grinning from ear to ear myself.
A PRAYER FOR FATHER RICHARD JOHN NEUHAUS
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
I don't often ask for favors, but I am hoping that you can oblige me on this one. My friend (and frequent on air co-host) Father Richard John Neuhaus is very ill and could use your prayers. I ask you to remember him in prayer as we begin this new year. Here is a bit of a note that Jody Bottum, the editor of First Things was good enough to send my way:
"Fr. Neuhaus is in the hospital here in New York. Over Thanksgiving, he was diagnosed with a serious cancer. The long-term prognosis for this particular cancer is not good, but it is not hopeless, either, and there is a possibility that it will respond to the recommended out-patient chemotherapy treatment.
Unfortunately, over Christmas, he was taken dangerously ill with what seems to be a systemic infection that has left him very weak. Entering the hospital the day after Christmas, he was sedated to lower an elevated heart rate and treatment was begun for the infection. Over the last few days, he has shown some signs of improvement, and there is a reasonable expectation that he will recover from this present illnesssufficiently, we hope, that he will be able to begin the chemotherapy for the cancer."
I saw Father Neuhaus in New York after Thanksgiving, following his last hospital stay. He was weakened but in great spirits. Surrounded by his community, a brandy in one hand, he held forth on an array of subjects with his usual wit and candor. There is no one inside or outside of the Church like him. I ask all of you to pray for his recovery and that he may be granted the strength to return to the work he so loves--the work we so need him to continue. Thank you, Raymond
***UPDATE***1/7/08 Father Richard's situation is apparently dire at this hour (12:45 Eastern). Your prayers are truly needed now.
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Guide us waking, O Lord
And guard us sleeping;
That awake we may keep watch with Christ
And asleep we may rest in peace.
Well, in the old days, it was "Extreme Unction", which certainly sounds better than 'Last Rites'.
RCIA, eh? With Raymond Arroyo and Richard John N, and JP2 and B16 all in on the conspiracy? Mysterious indeed are the ways of prayer. Bless you, Miss Marple.
O Lord, support us all the day long of this troubled life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then, Lord, in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
That is a beautiful prayer, thank you.
He is a great man, a great defender of G-d, and a great friend of the Jewish People. Ribbono shel `Olam, yehi ratzon millefeneykha that he experience a refu'ah shelemah. 'Amen.
The Antiphon for Compline is used as the final part of Prayer at the Close of Day 365 days a year. The Prayer beneath the Luthern Rose on the ping was written by John Henry Newman and has been part of the Lutheran worship resources since 1958.
Thanks for the info, I didn’t know that. I assume you mean John Henry Cardinal Newman who converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism in the 19th Century (and was a brilliant, if difficult to understand, writer).
I corresponded with him once, too. I was always so impressed that somebody as learned and busy as he was would take time to write to some completely unknown and not very significant person like me. I thought his writing to me was a sign of great holiness!
Thank you. I checked his blog but I don’t see any more recent updates.
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