Sunday, April 15, 2012

“Curae Animarae” on the Titanic

There is a final note to our observance (such as it is) of the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic. From, we get the story of a Catholic priest who was among the passengers, and who spent the last moments of his life caring for souls.

Fr Thomas Byles ... gave up two spots on a lifeboat in favour of offering spiritual aid to the other victims as they all went down with the “unsinkable” vessel ... the priest helped women and children get into the lifeboats, then heard confessions, gave absolution, and led passengers in reciting the Rosary.

For a listing of recent books about the Titanic, a review in the Washington Post can be found here.

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