A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Sad news today that the founder of National Review and stalwart Conservative, William F. Buckley, has died at the age of 82.

NRO's The Corner has tons of tributes to WFB. (More news here.) And, a lot here.

And, of course, NRO has a ton of columns, articles, and tributes on the great man.

  • AN NRO SYMPOSIUM: Bill Bennett, Ward Connerly, Newt Gingrich, Charles Kesler, Roger Kimball, Kate O'Beirne, Mark Levin & more on WFB’s life and influence. WFB: A Celebration
  • CHARLES MURRAY:Utterly unpretentious, absorbed in whatever you had to say, he had the kind of manners that are so good that they cease being manners and become a warming aura. The Day I Met WFB
  • JOHN McCAIN: Bill was a great American who helped change the course of history. A Great American
  • RAMESH PONNURU: A treatise could probably be written about the role those eyes played in the making of modern America. Losing Bill
  • ANDY McCARTHY: Now my dad will get to meet him. Bill Buckley
  • MARK STEYN: “This is still Bill Buckley’s National Review, and it will always be Bill Buckley’s National Review.” Re: Saying Goodbye
  • PETE WEHNER: He was, perhaps above all, a good and faithful servant of the Lord.Farewell WFB
  • JONAH GOLDBERG: William F. Buckley’s life was marked by enormous joy.Saying Goodbye
And Rush's Remembrance of WFB

President Bush's statement to NRO and his response to some questions about WFB
Senator Lieberman's statement
A beautiful memorial editorial cartoon
And a roundup of editorials, articles, obits, and tributes at NRO.
Peggy Noonan: May We Not Lose His Kind
Ann Coulter: William F. Buckley: R.I.P., Enfant Terrible

My prayers are with his family and his NRO family and all Conservatives who mourn his loss and thank God for such a man.

In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen:

R. Subveníte, Sancti Dei, occúrrite, Angeli Dómini, Suscipiéntes ániman ejus, Offeréntes eam in conspéctu Altíssimi. Suscípiat te Christus, qui vocávit te, et in sinum Abrahae Angeli dedúcant te. Suscipiéntes ánimam ejus, Offeréntes eam in conspéctu Altíssimi.
R. Come to his assistance, all you Saints of God: meet him, all you Angels of God: receiving him soul, offering it in the sight of the Most High. May Christ receive you, who hath called you, and may the Angels conduct you to Abraham's bosom. Receiving his soul and offering it in the sight of the Most High.

V. Réquiem aetérnam dona ei, Dómine, et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Offeréntes eam in conspéctu Altìssimi.
V. Eternal rest give to him, Lord: and let perpetual light shine upon him. Offering it in the sight of the Most High.

Kýrie eléison.
Christe eléison.
Kýrie eléison.
[Pater noster (silently)]... Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
[Our Father (silently)].....

V. Et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem. V. ...and lead us not into temptation.
R. Sed libera nos a malo. R. But deliver us from evil.
V. Réquiem aetérnam dona ei, Dómine. V. Eternal rest give to him, Lord.
R. Et lux perpétua lúceat ei. R. And let perpetual light shine upon him.
V. A porta ìnferi. V. From the gates of Hell.
R. Erue, Dómine, ánimam ejus. R. Deliver him soul, Lord.
V. Réquiescat in pace. V. May he rest in peace.
R. Amen. R. Amen.
V. Dómine, exáudi oratiónem meam. V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. Et clamor meus ad te véniat. R. And let my cry come to Thee.
V. Dóminus vobiscum. V. The Lord be with you.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo. R. And with thy spirit.
Orémus. Tibi Dómine, commendámus ánimam fámuli tui (fámulae tuae) N.____, ut defúnctus (defúncta) saéculo tibi vivat: et quae per fragilitátem humánae conversatiónis peccáta commìsit, tu vénia misericordìssime pietátis abstérge. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum.
Let us pray. To Thee, Lord, we commend the soul of your servant William Buckley, that being dead to this world he may live to Thee: and whatever sins he has committed in this life through human frailty, do Thou in Thy most merciful goodness forgive. Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen. R. Amen.

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