[Our translation of the complete homily of Rouen Archbishop Dominique Lebrun, delivered during the funeral Mass of Father Jacques Hamel, slain last week while saying Mass in a Normandy church, is updated and improved upon. — Ed.]
“God is impartial, says the apostle Peter: He welcomes whatever nation he who fears him and whose works are fair.”
The priest, Jacques Hamel has no more to fear God. He presents himself, now, with his righteous works. Of course, we are not the judges of the heart of our brother, but so many testimonials cannot be wrong: Father Jacques Hamel had a simple heart. He was the same whether with his family, with his brother and sisters, with his nieces and nephews, in the middle of the city with his neighbors, and in his community with the Christian faithful.