Then let them try to act as she would act.
It was one of Edel Quinn's practices never to find fault without referring thematter to the Blessed Virgin.
22. OUTLOOK ON ADVERSE CRITICISM
Frequently in these pages, reference is made to the paralysing effect exercisedupon even the best-intentioned by the fear of hostile criticism.
Questions as totheir religious knowledge and reception of the sacraments may be asked, whichat this early stage might be resented by the elders if asked about themselves;and through the children, efficacious lessons may be addressed to the parents.
Departing, the way must be left open for another call.
There she unitedherself with a maternal heart to his sacrifice, and lovingly consented to the immolationof this victim which she herself had brought forth" and also was offeringto the Eternal Father.
Again that vital note is struck: it is always theHoly Spirit who regenerates the world-even to the bestowing of the smallestindividual grace; and his agency is always Mary.
They work for Mary quite irrespectively of the simplicity or thedifficulty of the task; and in every employment the legionary must give thebest that is in him, be it little or be it great.
The unusual feature will be presented of interestgrowing with time, and quality with quantity.
The cry "Too long!" is not uncommonly heard, and sometimes, by astrange disproportion, from persons who each day give to the perusal of thenewspapers an amount of time adequate for the reading of the major part of thehandbook.
This Latin word, meaning as it does an army ranged in battle array, is appropriateto a ceremony in which the legionaries as a body assemble to renew their fealtyto Mary, Queen of the Legion, and from her to receive strength and blessing foryet another year's battle with the forces of evil.
When these apply themselves to the work and understand itsrequirements, they will quickly find and introduce other suitable members.
3. "The Legion visitation would be resented"
Were such indeed to be the case, the conclusion indicated is that other workshould be selected, not that the idea of the Legion (with all its possibilitiesof good to members and community) should be abandoned.
Occasionally one hears of this visitation being resented on the score that it amounts to "outside interference." Such an attitude is not respectful to the Legion, of which those praesidia are but parts and of which they should be loyal parts: shall the hand say to the head "I need not your help"?
It is important that this duty be not fulfilled in a carping or fault-finding fashion which would end by causing the advent of visitors to be dreaded and their recommendations to be resented, but in a spirit of affection and humility which will presume that there is as much to be learned from as taught to, the praesidium visited.
That faith is represented by the Pillar of Fire which melts all legionary hearts into one, and guides them on to victory and to the Land of Eternal Promise, casting abroad as it proceeds the life-giving flames of divine love.
"In all petitions the Most Holy Name of Jesus is at least implicitlyinvoked, even though the words 'through our Lord Jesus Christ' are notexpressly said: because he is the necessary Mediator to whom appeals must bepresented.
He was apostle, evangelist, and had the merit of martyr.
He was Mary's priest: therefore a special patron to the legionary priest in hisservice of the organisation which aims to be a living copy of Mary.
His feast occurs on 27 December.
"When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing besideher, he said to his mother, 'Woman, here is your son.' Then he said to thedisciple, 'Here is your mother'.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray
O God, whose only-begotten Son, by his life, death and resurrection, haspurchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech you, thatmeditating upon these mysteries in the most holy rosary of the Blessed VirginMary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise.