I saw this on the site of His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Finigan, whom I hope to see fairly soon:
A correspondent just sent me news of the death of Fr Hugh Thwaites SJ earlier today. I had the privilege of meeting Fr Thwaites when I was a young student and from time to time since then. He converted to the Catholic faith as a result of his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II. He never bore resentment for his treatment, reasoning that the Japanese guards did not have the benefit of the Christian faith. His approach to evangelisation was direct and simple because he understood the truth and beauty of the Christian faith and wished others to benefit from it.
Fr Thwaites always spoke in a kindly and gentle manner while firing off spiritual advice that could blow you off your feet; he was a priest who made many converts almost instantly by his sincerity and holiness, and converted countless lukewarm Catholics to a deeper following of Christ. He was passionately devoted to the Rosary, loved the older form of the Mass, and remained faithful to the traditional Jesuit daily spiritual exercises.
May the Lord have mercy on his soul, forgive any sins he committed through human frailty, and bring him speedily into the presence of Our Lord, in the company of Our Lady whom he loved so faithfully and St Ignatius whose way of life he followed with fidelity. Requiescat in pace.
Euge serve bone, et fidelis, … intra in gaudium domini tui.
Update 25 Aug:
A reader sent me this:
Oddly enough the funeral rite for Father Hugh Thwaites SJ will be in the New Rite. This wasn’t his wish. Ironically, a few days after his death, it has been announced that the Institute of Christ the King have purchased the former, wonderful, Jesuit church in Limerick (Ireland) as an exclusive Old Rite parish. The Jesuits are disappearing in Ireland, as they are in this country and around the world.
What a shame that those “in charge” would not honor Fr. Thwaites’ wishes for his funeral.
What a shame.
Granted, we should not follow requests for things that liturgical abuses. But there is nothing wrong with requesting the Extraordinary Form. And given the fact that this was Fr. Thwaites, … it’s just a shame.