To understand Our Lord we must put aside our own imperfect ideals, because according to our own desire do we fashion our heroes. He is greater than such ideals. He is no romantic, no poet, no socialist, or philanthropist, no dreamer of a fierce reform. He escapes such categories.
Hardly ever can the word lover be applied to Him without the danger of a false tenderness and sentimentalism creeping in to blur the outlines of the Gospels.
Never shall we know Him as He was and is, if we do not forsake our puny conceptions and sit at His feet like Mary of Bethany or follow Him as the disciples followed Him after He had said to them: 'Come and see.'
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930