I have been reader of First Things for several years now and still consider it to be one of the best religion and culture journals out there. I especially enjoyed the writing of Father Richard John Neuhaus and was saddened to hear of his recent passing. Joseph Bottom writes in reflection:
“My tears are not for him—for he knew, all his life, that his Redeemer lives, and he has now been gathered by the Lord in whom he trusted.
I weep, rather, for all the rest of us. As a priest, as a writer, as a public leader in so many struggles, and as a friend, no one can take his place. The fabric of life has been torn by his death, and it will not be repaired, for those of us who knew him, until that time when everything is mended and all our tears are wiped away.”