Sunday, 10 February 2008

More Catechesis through example...from Alice von Hildebrand

[H/T to the Scelata Blog]

Let me relate an incident that caused my husband grief.

It was 1946, just after the war. My husband was teaching at Fordham, and there appeared in one of his classes a Jewish student who had been a naval officer during the war. He would eventually tell my husband about a particularly stunning sunset in the Pacific and how it had led him to the quest for the truth about God.

He first went to Columbia to study philosophy, and he knew that this was not what he was looking for. A friend suggested he try philosophy at Fordham and mentioned the name Dietrich von Hildebrand.

After just one class with my husband, he knew he had found what he was looking for. One day after class my husband and this student went for a walk.

He told my husband during this time that he was surprised at the fact that several professors, after discovering he was Jewish, assured him that they would not try to convert him to Catholicism.

My husband, stunned, stopped, turned to him and said,

"They said what?!"

He repeated the story and my husband told him,

"I would walk to the ends of the earth to make you a Catholic."

To make a long story short, the young man became a Catholic, was ordained a Carthusian priest, and went on to enter the only Charter House in the United States

1 comment:

MaggieClitheroe said...

I'm returning the compliment by visiting your blog (actually, I was quite annoyed by some of what you wrote on mine, but I have answered your comment, I hope, charitably!) and I'm glad to see that you have this fantastic piece about one of my heroes - I used this on someone else's blog a while ago. If only some of our Ecumaniac priests and Bishops could see the beauty and Truth in what von Hildebrand writes.
God Bless.