“When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the Final Judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone, standing before God—and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there will be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world… They will say to God: ‘spare him, because he loved us.’ And God will look at us and say not, ‘did you succeed?’ but, ‘did you try?’”

-Congressman Henry Hyde

Pray for the repose of the soul of Congressman Hyde. I don’t doubt that chorus of voices was present at his particular judgment before God!! He was a hero in so many ways.

My Constitutional Law professor was always drilling that same message into our heads. It’s not about succeeding, it’s about trying. I think too often we’re afraid to do anything — or too lazy to do anything — and we rationalize it by telling ourselves it’s a lost cause anyway. But it’s not about winning, it’s about fighting.

I think Jefferson Smith would like Henry Hyde, don’t you? ; )