Man, as a rational being, should follow the dictates of his reason, be guided in his actions by his reason, and not be led by mere feeling or blind passion. Whenever he acts wilfully and with reflection, he should know the reason for doing so. Above all, in religious matters, which are of the highest moment, he should not act inconsiderately. ONE: is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIGHT. He who follows Him does not walk in the dark. Our reason, sound and right, enlightened by faith, should aJone direct our steps, whereas faith is for the eyes of the soul what light is for the eyes of the body. Why do not Protestants invoke the Blessed Virgin? They believe in saints, give the names of saints to their churches, to their children, but still live quite I independent of those powerful creatures of God. Far less homage still do they render the Virgin Mary, and even hold as Pagans and Idolators those who honor the Mother of God. What is their ground for doing so? Catholics say for their part: We adore God alone, but we beg of the saints to intercede for us that our prayers more humble and more favorable may rise to the throne of the Most High. To prove this assertion let us open any Catholic Prayer-Book, take the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, for instance, and you will read: "Lord, have mercy on us; Christ, have mercy on us, etc., Holy' Mary, pray for us;" because it is only in the Lord's power to have mercy on us, but the saints can implore that mercy for us. All prayers to the saints and even to the Blessed Virgin conclude with the words: through Christ, our Lord.-through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.
Rev G M Godts CSSR, Brother Hermenegild TOSF, Paperback, ISBN 10: 1533346690, ISBN 13: 9781533346698