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Finding God in All ThingsCelebrating Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, and Karl Rahner$
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Mark Bosco and David Stagaman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228089

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228089.001.0001

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7. Memories Of “Uncle Jack”: A Nephew Remembers John Courtney Murray

7. Memories Of “Uncle Jack”: A Nephew Remembers John Courtney Murray

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(p.92) 7. Memories Of “Uncle Jack”: A Nephew Remembers John Courtney Murray
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Finding God in All Things
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Mark Williams

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823228089.003.0007

The chapter was written by the nephew of John Courtney Murray, and offers thoughts about “Uncle Jack”. The chapter reveals an intimate portrayal of Murray's relationship to his family through the often humorous and always insightful anecdotes. In sharing these stories, the chapter allows us to see the humanity of Murray and how his family played a large part in confirming his American immigrant sensibilities. Over the years, the chapter talks about memories of Murray expressing two convictions that sum him up as a priest and a man. On the first occasion he was counseling and seeking to reassure a family member who was facing a spiritual crisis. His words: “I don't know whether hell exists, but if it does, it's a lot more difficult to get there than people believe”. On another occasion, Murray exhorted: “Courage, Mark, it's far more important than intelligence”.

Keywords:   John Courtney Murray, humanity, courage, intelligence, sensibilities, anecdotes

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