Friday, March 29, 2013

Traditionalist Lawrence Auster Has Ended His Life as a Catholic

Edit: sometimes death can reveal friends we never knew, and throw light on a life of bright and perspicacious industry, lived out on a crystal page of light. Life can also show God’s providence for those who are paying attention. But it’s almost as if the conservative writer and God had planned things this way. Lawrence Auster was a Jewish convert to Christianity by way of the Anglican Church on Holy Thursday 15 years ago.

He received Extreme Unction and the Sacraments as he was received into the Catholic Church on Monday.

His blog will remain on line for those who did not get to know him while he was alive.
Lawrence Auster died today at 3:56 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, at a hospice in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His death came after more than a week of rapidly worsening distress and physical collapse caused by the pancreatic cancer he endured for almost three years.
On Monday evening, after arriving at the hospice in the late afternoon, Mr. Auster read and responded to a few emails. He then closed his battered and medicine-stained Lenovo laptop for the last time. “That’s enough for now,” he said, holding his hands over the computer as if sated by an unfinished meal.
He did not expect that to be the last.
But the blogging career that stands out on the Internet and in the history of American letters as a tour de force of philosophical and cultural insight was over. Mr. Auster entered a state of sedated and sometimes pained sleep the next day, after a night of agony. He spoke no more than a few words during the next two days and died peacefully this morning after about ten hours of unusually quiet and mostly undisturbed rest.
Link to Thinking Housewife…

Link to Orthosphere with articles on Lawrence Auster.

H/T: Professor Arndt.


Anonymous said...

God bless him. He's a lucky guy.

Bruce Graeme said...

I sometimes wonder what could have been Lawrence Auster (as arch-Zionist !), was so fascinated by Jesus Christ?

I cannot entirely rule out the possibility that he was influenced by Ouspensky: an entire chapter of "A New Model of the Universe" was devoted to the study of the New Testament.

And also influenced by Maurice Nicoll, one of the disciples of George Gurdjieff, who wrote "The New Man: An Interpretation of Some Parables and Miracles of Christ"

Tancred said...

Chesterton was astonishingly, a great Zionist as well.

Is it fair to say that a general dissatisfaction with scientism and positivism could lead someone to explore Gurdjieff and his disciples?