Pray for the soul of Fr John Edwards SJ, he concelebrated [correction: see Delia' comment] community Mass at Farm Street yesterday and died in the evening. In his last circular letter to family and friends he wrote that his impending death brought him immense happiness.His last public Mass was offered for his friend and brother Fr Hugh Thwaites SJ, the first time a traditional Mass was offered at Farm Street since the 1970s. I am told that he regarded the process of dying as "a very busy affair".
I am sure there are many anecdotes that those who knew Fr John would like share, please use the comments box, or email them to me if you can't work com system.
I know he had a great knack of teaching people to pray and to go to confession, he was such a good confessor, he could lift weights that had ground people down for years. He actually used to say that it would be woth being a priest if it was only to absolve one mortal sin, and he believed it and lived it.
He was one of the last great Mission giving Jesuits, I remember him saying to me, "You know you tell if a Mission has been really successful by whether or not the collection goes up, because the last and most difficult thing to convert is somebody's pocket."
Here are a couple of anecdotes told me by Delia:
Father was staying at a convent and was given some inedible mutton to eat. He didn't want appear bad mannered and leave it uneaten so he climbed out of the window and buried it in the garden using a table spoon!
A story he used to tell: an old Jesuit was dying and in floods of tears and obviously agitated, his Superior tried calm him by telling him of the goodness of the Lord, the old Jesuit said, "It is not meeting the Lord I am worried about, it is meeting St Ignatius Loyola."
ETERNAL REST GRANT TO HIM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM
MAY HE REST IN PEACE