Solange Hertz

Solange Hertz



An established writer before the Second Vatican Council, Solange Hertz wrote for most Catholic periodicals and had five books to her credit, one a selection of the Catholic Literary Foundation. When she refused to adjust her theology to the new “Spirit of Vatican II,” her manuscripts almost overnight became unacceptable to her former editors. After a series of articles on feminine spiritual for the old Triumph magazine, she continued speaking for tradition by successfully producing on her own, The Thought of His Heart, and Sin Revisited.

In 1973 she began writing the Big Rock Papers, published privately throughout the next decade and the source of the highly acclaimed Star Spangled Heresy: Americanism, published in 1992. Currently her articles can be found in The Remnant, and abroad in Apropos, Christian Order and Action Familiale et Scolaire. Mrs. Hertz is universally regarded as one of traditional Catholicism’s foremost contemporary writers and lecturers.

Solange Hertz died on October 3, 2015 in Ashburn, VA. She was 95 years old. For more information on her life, visit http://solange.strikingly.com

Tumblar House has used excerpts from several of her books and turned them into articles for everyone to read in the Lounge. For a complete listing, click here.

Memorable Quotes by Solange Hertz


"Woman's vocation is a mystery. Woman is a mystery. She is mysterious not only to men, but especially to herself. Rather than face the mystery within themselves, many women prefer to live out their lives as second-rate, small-size men. It's unnatural, but it's easier." (Searcher of Majesty)

"Before long the Spaniards may be charged with setting back organ transplants 500 years by outlawing the Aztec practice of ripping out hearts from living donors. What an irreparable loss that their expertise, part of the great American heritage, was not transmitted to medical posterity!" (On The Contrary)

"Our initial gluttony is naturally followed by lust unless checked, for undue partaking of food normally leads to undue partaking of persons." (Sin Revisited)

"Before her final glorification, Holy Mother the Church may have much to suffer from her Popes, who like St. Peter, still look for ways out of their difficulties by applying political solutions to spiritual problems." (Beyond Politics)

Some choice excerpts from Women, Words, and Wisdom


About the vocation of the housewife: "...a housewife rooted in God distributes grace with the breakfast cereal, and her 'vow of stability' is the nexus of the home... She puts Aristotle into the language of the nursery and teaches moral theology while she relays current events."

About prayer: "Nothing so enlarges the confines of the home as praying in it."

About pride: "One of the most telling mortifications for proud souls... is being conventional."

About housecleaning: "It's the housewife's special little share in the Redemption to be able to atone for others' sins by washing others' clothes."

About saints: "They're the only people in the world who ever have any real fun."

About the house: "The house is the housewife's basic spiritual handbook."

About reading: "Unfortunately a lot of good reading, like virtue, gets a bad name because for some unaccountable reason it attracts the worst squares."


On The Contrary
What is a traditional Catholic? Solange Hertz explains: "Given the present state of society, at the polls he rarely finds a candidate to vote for in good conscience, but plenty against, thereby earning himself a reputation for irremediable contrariness on most any issue before the public. In casual conversation his is nearly always the minority opinion, especially if it was once held by the vast majority of educated people in the civilized world and never seriously contested until relatively recently... Offering the only positive remedy to the faltering social machinery, [traditional Catholicism] will appear negative at every level. Whatever reconstruction it proposes is labeled destruction....
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Beyond Politics
Because the democratic process operates apart from the Church, it possesses no corrective against corrupted human nature beyond its own equally corrupt judiciary, which ends by judging not only points of law but morality itself. There is no mention of the family in the U.S. Constitution, nor in any others patterned on its principles, and that in itself is ominous. With the onset of democracy, the family's juridical standing disappeared, along with that of God and His Church. Nor is there any mention of marriage, upon which the family rests as a social institution above all others. From the moment all men were declared equal, the family was legally replaced by the individual as basic cell an...
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Utopia Nowhere
History is the record of an apocalyptic struggle between those two primordial kingdoms - that of God and that of the devil. St. Augustine saw these irreconcilable factions as the City of God and the City of Man. Both are world governments in the largest possible sense, and they are locked in mortal combat till the end of time, for nothing less than the souls of men. When "separation of Church and state" was established as a political principle in modern times, the two Cities began parting company visibly before the eyes of all, but only to square off properly and get at each other better. Like any couple whom God has joined together, Church and state can never be divorced. No matter how many...
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The Star-Spangled Heresy: Americanism
Americanism is a heresy which five different popes have condemned. But what is it? Perhaps the best characterization of Americanism was given by Leo XIII's biographer Msgr. T'Serclaes: "A spirit of independence which passed too easily from the political to the religious sphere." "That the Church and State ought to be separated is an absolutely false and pernicious error ... It limits the action of the State exclusively to the pursuit of public prosperity during this life, though this is only the proximate raison d'etre of political societies." - Pope St. Pius X in Vehementer "It is unlawful to follow one line of conduct in private life and another in public, respecting privately the auth...
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Apostasy in America
This book is about apostasy, that gradual but radical dissociation of man from God whose history is as old as creation, having begun among the angels in heaven even before it began on earth in Eden. It would be impossible to tell it all, but what follows is an attempt to show some aspects of it from the perspective of America, where apostasy became politicized by historical circumstance ... We even have the word of the Founders in our first treaty with Tripoli to the effect that, "the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." In this book, Solange Hertz covers topics including colonial Catholicism, neo-paganism, ecumenism, and lastly t...
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Women, Words & Wisdom
Women, Words, and Wisdom is a collection of light but penetrating essays dealing with the vocation of motherhood. It can be read with profit by any wife who feels that she is “just a mom,” any man who “can’t understand women,” and especially by any young woman contemplating marriage. Mrs. Hertz takes her vocation seriously, but not grimly. With her keen insight in the problems and emotions that go with homemaking and her sympathetic sense of humor, she has succeeded in drawing from even the most humdrum aspects of home life the age-old truths of human nature an in proving that theology and philosophy are as necessary in the home as in the university. Although mothers might take t...
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Come Down, Zacchaeus: Adventures in Scripture
Solange Hertz has established herself as an astute contemporary student of lay spirituality and as a writer whose freshness and frankly human approach have merited high praise from readers in all walks of like. In Come Down, Zacchaeus, she turns her skill to the interpretation of Scripture in an attempt to demonstrate that it is not just instructive; it is vitally related to our everyday lives. And it is readable and enjoyable as well. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Perhaps few readers would have thought that there could be so much practical wisdom stored up for their use in such stories as those of Ruth, Judith, Esther, the Gerasene demoniac --- and Balaam’s Ass. One must particularly adm...
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The Thought of Their Heart: On Devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Holy Rosary
Both the Sacred Heart devotion and the Rosary come from the divine hand of friendship personally extended to us against the dehumanization of the computer age. In the words of St. Padre Pio, "The Rosary is THE weapon given us by Mary."In 1893, Pope Leo XIII issued the encyclical Laetitia sanctae, which proposed a schema for curing the three principal ills of modern society in terms of the Rosary, teaching that: 1. the distaste for simple labor which characterizes the industrial age must yield to the salutary precepts of the Joyful Mysteries; 2. the repugnance for suffering endemic to a pleasure-motivated society must be overcome by living the Sorrowful Mysteries; and 3. the lethal forgetfuln...
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Sin Revisited
In Sin Revisited, Solange Hertz tackles the topic of sin with a unique perspective for modern times, delving into the intellectual approaches of the Desert Fathers as well as St. John of the Cross. In Hertz’s own words: “Don’t expect to find the seven deadly sources so familiar in song and story. You’ll find eight, and even these won’t be in the same sequence most of us are used to. This approach is newer than Vatican II, because it’s so much older, if you know what I mean, very much older certainly than the old Baltimore Catechism.” Upon reading this book, a person may subtly undergo an examination of conscience pertaining to each sin that is being discussed. This book is desi...
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Searcher of Majesty
Searching majesty is what led Hertz initially from atheism to the Catholic faith. Losing her husband at an early age, she was left to raise five children on her own. This book is written by a housewife, for housewives. The purpose of the book is three-fold: 1.) Hertz points out social issues that hinder women from advancing spiritually and becoming better mothers. 2.) She elaborates on the true nature of women, highlighting the difference between masculine spirituality and feminine spirituality. 3.) She provides a sound theological basis for her characterization of Mary, pointing to Scripture to help us identify who is this Woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on ...
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