The Thought of Their Heart: On Devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Holy Rosary
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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 forgetfulness of a future life must be dispelled by ordering all human endeavor to the Glorious Mysteries.
In The Thought of Their Heart, Hertz examines the histories of both devotions, and delves into why these two devotions need to be a part of every Catholic's spiritual life.
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 spirituality for the old Triumph magazine, she continued speaking for tradition by successfully producing The Thought of Their Heart and Sin Revisited on her own.
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."