Here in England, Mary is not half enough preached. Devotion to her is low and thin and poor. It is frightened out of its wits by the sneer of heresy. It is always invoking human respect and carnal prudence, wishing to make Mary so little of a Mary that Protestants may feel at ease about her. Its ignorance of theology makes it unsubstantial and unworthy. It is not the prominent characteristic of our religion which it ought to be. It has no faith in itself. Hence it is that Jesus is not loved, that heretics are not converted, that the Church is not exalted; that souls which might be saints wither and dwindle; that the Sacraments are not rightly frequented, or souls enthusiastically evangelised.Now that was in 1862. Nothing to do with today. No relevance at all. Purely an historical observation.
Thursday, 20 July 2006
Faber on Montfort's True Devotion
Writing in 1862 in the preface to his own translation of True Devotion to Mary, Faber said: