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

Mark Williams

in Finding God in All Things

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228089
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236954 | DOI:
7. Memories Of “Uncle Jack”: A Nephew Remembers John Courtney Murray

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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

Chapter.  2745 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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