Our Lady Pictured By The Little Flower
The Madonna According to the Teaching of S. Therese of Lisieux, by Benedict Williamson (Ouseley, 3s. 6d.) Reviewed by Mgr. ALBAN GOODIER, Archbishop of Hierapolis.
With much self-humiliation the present reviewer must acknowledge that until he had read Fr. Benedict Williamson's hook, The Madonna According to the Teaching of S. ThEWse, he had not realised how great a part the devotion to Our Lady occupied in the spirity of the Little Flower. He had known about the Smile of Our Lady that had cured her he had read the poems that treat of her; he had noticed allusions to her in the Letters and elsewhere; but it is only when the passages are brought together and enlarged upon that one discovers their connected importance.
Father Williamson has done this, in his own devotional way. He has, as it were, written a Life of Our Lady as he imagines St. Therese would have written it, taking whatever she has actually written as his guide.
As he has gone on, at times he has broken out into prayers of his own; colloquies at the end of successive meditations. Among the many virtues which he might have emphasised, he has specially chosen two, both because they were characteristic of St. Therese, and because it would seem that they arc specially needed in our time: humility and courage.
The book makes devotional reading that will appeal to lovers of St. Therese. A beautiful coloured copy of one of Botticelli's Madonnas is reproduced as a frontispiece.