Eureka Street asked me to write a brief obituary for the late Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, the prominent and distinguished Australian Bioethicist. I met the Professor a few times while I was working in bioethics. He was an exemplary intellectual, and I never knew until later that he was suffering all the while with severe illness and debilitating pain. According to a 2011 report, he was at that stage undergoing dialysis four nights per week.
Having quoted Sertillanges in the published obituary, I’ll leave you with another quotation that seemed fitting for a man who was, in addition to his intellectual virtues, a devout and faithful Catholic:
“when the thinker thinks rightly, he follows God step by step; he does not follow his own vain fancy. When he gropes and struggles in the effort of research, he is Jacob wrestling with the angel and ‘strong against God’.”