I AM INDEED sorry that my original letter, April 30, concerning lite Guild of Our Lady. of Ransom should have misled some people into thinking that I was not in sympathy with the general objects of the Guild which have remained the same since it was founded by Fr Fletcher in 1887.
Of course, I am anxious for the conversion of England and regard with favour the conception of prayer for the conversion of England as the fitting basis of the Guild's aims.
In the same way, processions and pilgrimages have an important part to play. I was solely concerned with the fact that methods are likely to be affected by changes taking place within a changing society. I trust that these remarks cover this point.
Sir Harold Hood gives an interesting account of the development at Walsingham and the part which it plays in the ecumenical movement as a whole. an important aspect of the relationship of efforts for the Conversion of England to the climate of present day Catholic opinion.
My sole concern is that as much money as possible should be allocated to the poor parishes, surely as important an aspect of a movement for the conversion of England as is any other practical step.
For this reason, I wish to see as great a policy of economy in administration as may be possible. My suggestions were designed to secure this end just as is my desire for Major Haydon's questions to be answered in order that any present issues may be clarified and resolved. I still hope
that this may be the case and that a renewed Guild may embody a fresh relationship to the life and society -of the present time.
Dr Amphlett Micklewright London SE25.'
I WISH to protest against any suggestions, April 23, to wind up the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom, a source of knowledge and happiness to me for many years.
England has changed during the last few decades, but surely that is all the more reason why we should cherish our glorious inheritance by remembering those who introduced the Faith to our country or who laboured under difficult conditions often at the expense of their lives, to preserve the celebration of Mass and to bring the Sacraments to our ancestors, who in spite of danger, remained loyal to the church. By our pilgrimages to medieval cathedrals, parish churches and monastic ruins we have learned that the beautiful styles of architecture and the wonderful detailed work in stone and wood, show how all was made for the glory of God and His service by clergy and laity.
Our lectures are not controversial. They are historically accurate, clearly expressed and are a source of mental and spiritual education.
All organisations must have a leader. Our master, Monsignor Stark, has done superb work to promote and enlarge the Guild, while we members have no bother or worry. May he continue to be with us for many more years!
Miss M. Morton London NW1