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BertrandWilberforce.jpgThe eminent Dominican, Fr. Bertrand Wilberforce, O.P. (1839-1904) was the grandson of Lord Wilberforce the anti-slavery campaigner. Amongst his writings was a 'Treatise on the Mystical Life'. In Cecil Kerr's Teresa Helena Higginson (1926) he wrote a memorandum, considering the devotion worthy of the principles of St Thomas Aquinas, from which the following two extracts are taken:

[I]"In the devotion now being considered, when the Sacred Head is being honoured, the Person is honoured and as the Person is divine, the honour due to the Sacred Head is divine (Vid. St. Th. Sum.,  Pt. iii, Qu. XXV., Art. 2). This being as above stated, in strict analogy to the worship of the Sacred Heart, needs no further proof to show its perfect harmony with the Catholic Faith. We may therefore conclude that the devotion to the Sacred Head as the Shrine of the Divine Wisdom can be defended theologically and is in harmony with the teaching of the Catholic Church".

[II]             “From this we may rightly proceed to conclude that a most fitting object of special devotion for man after being  redeemed, is that very Wisdom by whom the Redemption has been accomplished.   Now the Shrine of that Wisdom, its earthly Tabernacle, is the Sacred Head of Our Lord Jesus Christ.   The devotion therefore, in itself, is most congruous and fitting.”

[III] "Moreover, a fervent devotion to the Divine Wisdom and its earthly Shrine will bring down on the faithful, we most confidently hope, a special grace to preserve their faith intact and to spread that 'precious gift' among many still out of the fold. We may then conclude that this devotion is thoroughly theological, in strict harmony with the devotion, already so solemnly and frequently approved, of the Sacred Heart, most congruous in itself, and lastly peculiarly suited to the special needs of the age in which we live."