London: Burns Oates, 1954. First edition. Original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Very gentle toning to spine, else Fine. Item #927
'WE ARE NOT SEPARATED FROM GOD BY A VAST ABYSS ACROSS WHICH THE FEEBLE CRIES OF HUMANITY MAY OR MAY NOT REACH THE EARS OF THE FATHER. GOD IS WITH US, EMMANUEL" First edition of this expression of profound devotion to the Sacred Heart by Dom Aelred Watkins, Monk of Downside Abbey. Born Christopher Ingram Watkin, the English Benedictine was the son of Edward I. Watkin, a writer and a convert of the Catholic Literary Revival. Educated at Cambridge where he developed a reputation as a fine medieval scholar, Watkin was clothed a monk as Dom Aelred in 1937 and ordained in 1943. This essay consists of a brief Foreword and four sections: I. Introduction, II. The Human Heart and the Trinity, III. The Growth of Eternal Life, IV. The Law and the Heart. Watkin seeks a revival of the waning devotion to the Sacred Heart by stripping away misconceptions and rescuing it from misunderstandings: "The doctrine of the Sacred Heart has not always, in the practice of Catholics, been presented in too happy a manner." With the author's dedication, "For All of King's Land / Living and Dead." Approbations.