On the heels of the beautiful funeral Mass for Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas gave a eulogy at a memorial service held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. Thomas was a friend, college, and fellow Catholic to Scalia and gave a speech that was loving and humorous. The eulogy also was sure to mention in moving fashion the their shared faith, providing yet more nationally-covered witness to the hope that lies within the promises of Christ. Bravo.
“In a sense, it is providential and certainly not probable that we served together. … He was from the Northeast, and I was from the Southeast. He came from a house of educators, and I from a househould of almost no formal education — but we shared our Catholic faith and our Jesuit education, as well as our sense of vocation. For different reasons and from different origins, we were heading in the same direction, so we walked together and worked together for a quarter century. And along the way we developed an unbreakable bond of trust and deep affection.
“Many will fittingly and deservedly and rightfully say much about his intellect and jurisprudence,” he continued. “But there is so much more to this good man. As one of our colleagues said the other day, ‘He filled the room.'”
Thomas became emotional as he went on to quote from the biography of assassinated Nazi dissenter Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
“With him, a piece of my own life is carried to the grave. Yet —Yet, our eyes are upon Thee. We believe in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”
“We give thanks to God for the life, the suffering, the witness of our brother whose friends we were privileged to be. We pray God to lead us, too, through His discipleship from this world into His heavenly kingdom to fulfill in us that other word that Dietrich Bonhoeffer used: ‘Non potest non laetari qui sperat in Dominum.’ While in God confiding, I cannot but rejoice.”
“God bless you, Brother Nino,” he ended. “God bless you.”