his onslaught on Poland Hitler broke the heart of Poland by destroying the great shrine of Our Lady at Czestochowa.
But it is good to know that during the welter of bloodshed and destruction of which we are on the brink the lights burn day and night before the shrine of Our Lady of Walsinghana in England's Holy Land, that day after day the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered at England's National Shrine of Our Lady for the living and the dead. It is good to know that there is still a corner of our land over which peace broods under the mantle of Our Lady.
It is good to know that souls torn by suffering and anxiety can still come to Walsingham and find peace for their souls, the peace of Mary's Son, a peace which the world cannot give and which the world cannot take away.
When everything seems to be falling about our ears, when so much that we cherished and loved lies crumbling in the dust, it is good to know that that unceasing intercession continues day and night at Walsingham before the shrine of Our Lady in the ancient Slipper Chapel.
The other day someone wrote of Waisingham as the first line of our defence and indeed it stands for so much that we are fighting for; in the confusion of men's passions let loose it stands for the tranquillity of order, in the destruction of so much that is sacred it stands for the sanctity of the home and family, in panic and anxiety it stands for peace and prayer, in hatred and fury it stands for reparation and love.
Here souls can come and work for a true peace of Christ by Abandon to Divine Providence, Reparation for the sins that have brought the calamity upon us, and Prayer, and surely this is a true A.R.P. work.
In the dark days that lie ahead of us Mary the Star of the Sea still sheds her beams in England, for she is well likened to a star who as a star sheds forth its rays without losing its lustre brought forth her Son without losing her Virginity. When the tempests of death, famine and destruction are seething round us, let us then not forget to behold the Star and call upon Mary that she may shed her Divine Ray into our hearts that we may bring forth in suffering Christ our Saviour.
Betirso S. JAMES,
Guardian of the Shrine of Our Lady of Waisinghara.