February 20, 2016 at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.
Fr. Paul Scalia "...God blessed dad, as is well known, with a love for his country. He knew well what a close-run thing the founding of our nation was. And he saw in that founding, as did the founders themselves, a blessing, a blessing quickly lost when faith is banned from the public square or when we refuse to bring it there.
So he understood there was no conflict between loving God and loving one's country, between one's faith and one's public service. Dad understood that the deeper he went in his Catholic faith the better citizen and public servant he became.
God blessed him with the desire to be the country's good servant because he was God's first.
...We Scalias, however, give thanks for a particular blessing God bestowed. God blessed dad with a love for his family..."
...Christ was not yet brought to perfection in him. And only those who have been brought to perfection can enter Heaven.
....But don't just take my word for it. Dad himself had something to say on the matter:
(Justice Scalia, writing to a Presbyterian minister whose funeral service he admired): "Even when the deceased was an admirable person, indeed especially when the deceased was an admirable person, praise for his virtues can cause us to forget that we are praying for and giving thanks for God's inexplicable mercy to a sinner."
Listen to Fr. Paul Scalia's full homily here.
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's son Father Paul D. Scalia delivers the homily at his father's funeral Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 20, 1916.