SIR,-English saints ! In all
humility may I put forward the claim to Our devotion of Mother
Janet Erskine-Stuart, Mother General of the Order of the Sacred Hea rt?
Of our own lime and race, perhaps the greatest woman we have produced. she was outstanding in all things, especially in sanctity. A great horsewoman, a great lover of animals. of flowers and of the countryside, a great gardener. Also a great traveller, a great organiser, a great educationalist and a great patriot.
Born in England, of Scottish descent, a lover of Ireland and the Irish, a distinguished convert. A woman of immense humility, always aflame with the love of God, perhaps most perfect in her utter and joyful contentment with God's Will and her complete trust in that Will, her sanctity instantly recognised wherever she went.
Brought by an apparent miracle to the religious life, a refugee in the first world war. her tomb in London preserved as by a miracle in the second, her holiness spreading round the world like a sweet scent since her death.
Surely here is one to whom we can look fos help in heaven during our present time of desperate need. Help with our schools, our country, our fight for our Faith and for our own so much smaller sanctity.
DONALD P. LOWDELL, 63 Rusholme Road, S.W.I5.
[It should be recalled that public veneration and prayer may only be given to those whom the Church has canonised or beatified. Editor, CH.]