Discover the wit and wisdom of Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"The Blessed Virgin"
"I DO NOT want to be in a religion in which I am allowed to have a crucifix. I feel the same about the much more controversial question of the honour paid to the Blessed Virgin. If people do not like that cult, they are quite right not to be Catholics. But in people who are Catholics, or call themselves Catholics, I want the idea not only liked but loved and loved ardently, and above all proudly proclaimed. I want it to be what the Protestants are perfectly right in calling it; the badge and sign of a Papist. I want to be allowed to be enthusiastic about the existence of the enthusiasm; not to have my chief enthusiasm coldly tolerated as an eccentricity of myself."
~G.K. Chesterton: Autobiography.
Coronation of the Virgin (Cell 9), by Fra Angelico. Fresco, 1440-42; Convento di San Marco, Florence.