|Our Lady of Lourdes|
Catholic Art Studio, Chicago (19th century)
She is our life, our sweetness, our hope, and we must suffer no sneers of those without, no profane babbling to move us, or in the least deter us from giving our hearts to Mary. We must fly to her protection as the child flies to its mother, and seek our safety and our consolation in her love, in her maternal embrace.
Our help is thee sweet mother. Oh, protect us, thy children, and save us from the evil communications of this world, lost to virtue, and enslaved to the enemy of our souls!
Orestes A. Brownson (19th century)