If we cannot set things right, if we cannot even set ourselves, never mind the world, right–who, then, is to do it? It must be someone who is in no way responsible for what has gone wrong. It must be done by an act that is perfectly gratuitous, that is not driven by necessity, by an act that is perfectly free. The act must be by one who embodies everything, whose life is not one life among many, but is life itself–a life that is our life and the life of all who have ever lived and ever will live. But where is such a one to be found?…The One who is life itself does this because nobody else could do it. He who is light and life plunges headlong into darkness and death and does so in perfect freedom.
—Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Death on a Friday Afternoon