Priest who said future of Church rested on family rosary dies

Thwaites-440x293A Jesuit priest who inspired Catholics across the country has died at the age of 95.

Fr Hugh Thwaites converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism following his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War and later became a Jesuit priest.

He was a strong supporter of the Extraordinary Form Mass and the Legion of Mary, and he linked the abandonment of the rosary with a loss of faith, writing: “If we want in any way to be like Jesus, we must do what His Mother asks. If we do not, can we expect things to go right? We cannot with impunity disobey the Mother of God.”

Following his conversion, Fr Thwaites was passionate about evangelisation and he was renowned for asking people: “Are you a Catholic?” and then adding: “But you would like to be, wouldn’t you?” He also once compared the Anglican Church to “whisky with three parts water”, while saying Catholics were “straight out of the bottle”.

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Nigerian Woman Writes to Melinda Gates: We Don't Need Your Contraception

nigeria 2mother-childObianuju Ekeocha, a 32-year-old Nigerian woman, has written an inspirational letter. For the past six years she has been living and working as a biomedical scientist in Canterbury, England. Most of her family and many friends still live in Nigeria.

She is active in her parish and says she is grateful to God for the graces she receives as she serves the Church.

She praises Catholic radio in America, specifically the programs of Teresa Tomeo and Al Kresta, for keeping her "informed and inspired in all the things that 'matter most,'" and for providing her with a Catholic world view.

She said she was inspired to write an open letter to Melinda Gates after learning of Gates' move to inject $4.6 billion worth of contraceptive drugs and devices into her homeland.

"The worst part is that no one in Africa (meaning the average African woman or man) knows that Melinda is about to bequeath us her 'legacy' which can and most probably will stifle love and life in our continent," she said.

She is hoping Melinda Gates will hear her "as the voice of the African woman."

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A quiet space to talk to God

chapel-greenPrayer, says Pope Benedict is our personal contact with God. Only this real, constant relationship gives us the strength to live every event, especially the most suffered moments of our lives. He urged people not to ‘takes holidays’ from their daily conversation with God, even if in an increasingly frenetic world it is difficult to find the time, the space and the right concentration for prayer.

Instead, the Pope suggested Wednesday, we should learn from St Dominic Guzman, whose spiritual life inspired The Nine Ways of Prayer – basically a step by step guide to prayer, from our physical attitude before the Lord to our ability to orientate our whole person towards God.

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Ten Catholic heroes of the Holocaust

memorialThere are many Catholic heroes of the Holocaust. Poland, a country which suffered grievously under the Nazis in the Second World War, for instance, alone produced more than 4,000 people who have been recognised as Righteous Among Nations by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust remembrance authority in Jerusalem.

Some of these inspirational figures have become world-famous because of their heroism. We only have to think of St Maximilian Kolbe, for instance, or Edith Stein or even Oskar Schindler.

Just over a year ago Pope Benedict XVI declared his predecessor, Pope Pius XII, to be Venerable, meaning the Church believes he lived a life of heroic virtue. Much of this was played out in the war years when the Catholic Church saved nearly a million Jewish people from the Holocaust, more than all the other international relief organisations put together.

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Our Lady of Quito Prophesy, Complete Restoration

virgin-quito-statueOur Lady of Quito prophesied that in the 60s there would be spiritual catastrophe in the Church; then, through the faith of the just, a ‘complete restoration’. But first, there would be a total corruption of morals in society; this would affect the Church, too.

I was leafing through the current issue of The Flock, the newsletter of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, (available here) when I came across an article by the redoubtable Mrs Daphne McLeod about Our Lady of Quito—otherwise known as Our Lady of Good Success—who appeared several times to Mother Mariana, Abbess of the convent of the Immaculate Conception in Quito, Ecuador, at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries.

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