Saint John-Paul II wrote: "The fact that one can die for the faith shows that other demands of the faith can also be met."                                                 Cardinal Müller says, “For the real danger to today’s humanity is the greenhouse gases of sin and the global warming of unbelief and the decay of morality when no one knows and teaches the difference between good and evil.”                                                  St Catherine of Siena said, “We've had enough exhortations to be silent. Cry out with a thousand tongues - I see the world is rotten because of silence.”                                                  Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”


The anniversary Mass intention for Maria Martinho was offered by Father Sloan at the Sung Mass on Sunday 22nd August. Maria, an old friend of the Order and of Saint John's Wood community and veteran of many Order pilgrimages to Lourdes and other holy places, died after a long and valiant battle against cancer on 20th August 2008.

In 2007 whilst in Walsingham with the Order she already knew that her condition was terminal and lamented the fact that she would never be able to fulfil a lifelong ambition to meet His Holiness the Pope. Our then Hospitaller, Peter Loyd decided that we should make this happen.

Within days tickets to the General Audience had been arranged, flights and hotels booked and plans set in train to ensure that she would meet Pope Benedict. As the accompanying photographs show, she did to, her great delight!

Maria lived for more than a year after this happy meeting, far longer than her doctors had predicted and was even able to take part in the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in May 2008.

Many people yesterday remembered Maria, and having prayed for her soul, some 25 toasted her memory after Mass in Fortescue House.

Requiescat in Pace.