"A [preacher] who does not love art, poetry, music and nature can be dangerous. Blindness and deafness toward the beautiful are not incidental; they are necessarily reflected in his [preaching]." — BXVI
He was the lecturer (DVD) for many of my theology classes at Holy Apostles. I would've liked to have known him personally.
I had the pleasure to meet Fr. Ashley back in December when I was visiting the Pius V priory in Chicago. He will be missed greatly.
I want to share my last email conversation with Fr. Ashley. I will always treasure his friendship and expect he and his dear Fr. Ralph Powell to be there to welcome me when the time comes for me to join them again.12/8/12 Dear Connie May, I am doing well for an old man of 97 and work away at my computer writing books and articles. I will pray for you intentions. A Blessed Christmas !! BEN ASHLEY OP12/8/12 Dear Benny,Old is a state of mind and I can’t imagine you with an old mind. Our bodies mark the years but our spirits are ageless.Much love dear man,ConnieHis prayers will be even more powerful now.Connie May
I had correspondence with Fr. Ashley in my position as editor at Paulist Press. He was a lovely man. In paradisum deducant eum angeli.