That the Blessed Virgin Mary might soon number all the children of England among the offspring of her love!Servant of God Hermann Cohen
Augustine Mary of the Blessed Sacrament
Tierney, T 2017, A Life of Hermann Cohen: From Franz Liszt to John of the Cross, Balboa Press, Bloomington, IN
Featured image: Et radicavi in populo honorificato This stained glass window in Our Lady of Victories church in London illustrates the centuries of Christian pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham, England. The photographer, Father Lawrence Lew, O.P. explains further:
Walsingham—actually Little Walsingham as there are two villages sharing the same name—has a long and prestigious history. Once known as the Nazareth of England, it ranked alongside Rome and Jerusalem in importance as a place of pilgrimage. It was visited by all of England’s kings and queens, starting with Henry III in 1226, up to and including Henry the VIII, who visited twice, in 1486 as a prince and in 1511 as king. Henry the VIII was the last reigning monarch to visit as 20 years later, the abbey fell to the Protestant Reformation, and today lies in ruins.
Many barren years passed until the Slipper Chapel, a 14th-century wayside pilgrim chapel, was restored in 1897, and pilgrimage to Walsingham began once more.
Our thanks to Father Lawrence for sharing this fascinating stained glass image on his Flickr account (Some rights reserved). The Catholic Church of England and Wales’ Flickr account also has lovely photos of the 2017 pilgrimage to Walsingham made by the Diocese of Westminster.