The funeral Mass for René Girard will be celebrated today. How tragically ironic that it is a day of grief and mourning in the city he so loved. As Paris reels from yet another eruption of the resurgence of “sacred violence” about which René warned, one wonders if those trying to reckon with this crisis will have recourse to René’s insights into the looming catastrophe now facing our fragile and feckless civilization.
May this warm, gentle, and wise man receive the ultimate reward for a life well lived. And may we who survive him find ways to bring the fruits of his work to bear on those tasks which have fallen to us.