St John Henry Newman’s 1849 poem “Candlemas”: THE Angel-lights of Christmas morn, Which shot across the sky, Away they pass at Candlemas, They sparkle and they die. Comfort of earth is brief at best, Although it be divine; Like funeral lights for Christmas gone, Old Simeon’s tapers shine. And then for eight long weeks and […]
Today’s the feast of the great Englishman, St. John Henry Newman. God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission — I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in […]
On this date in 1890, Blessed John Henry Newman died. We continue to pray for his canonization.
From the writings of Blessed John Henry Newman, Priest (Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Chapter V: Position of My Mind since 1845, London 1864, pp. 238-239, 250-251) It was like coming into port after a rough sea. From the time that I became a Catholic, of course I have no further history of my religious opinions […]
The liturgical memorial of Blessed John Henry Newman is observed in the United Kingdom but it is not on the Ordo for Catholics in the USA. In time I suspect the Holy See will make it so for Catholics in the USA once Newman is canonized. In the meantime, we ask for his intercession privately. […]
I am visiting the Benedictine Abbey of St Anselm (Washington, DC) to get away from “stuff” where I normally live. Life there is particularly tense these days. A topic for another time. Time in quiet, time in prayer, time to think, to ponder bigger questions, time to read and to enjoy life in a different […]
Discernment of God’s will difficult, and living with the gift of happiness God hasgiven each of one us is a challenging thing. We can get in the way and obscure what is real and what is fantasy. I was speaking with a friend yesterday and our conversation at one point turned to John Henry Newman. Newman knows […]
Liana Marabini is the Director of “The Unseen World,” a film exploring the life of Blessed John Henry Newman and the vocation to the priesthood. Newman is being played by Murray Abraham who is the Oscar winning actor in “Amadeus” (1984). “The Unseen World” is due out in 2011.
O God, the source of wisdom’s fire, Who formed the mind of man In complex and mysterious ways Within Your loving plan, We thank You now for calling forth This priest who praised Your Name By teaching and exalting you In words of living flame. John Henry Newman, England’s son, Was formed in Oxford’s […]
O God, who bestowed on the priest Blessed John Henry Newman the grace to follow Your kindly light and find peace in Your Church; graciously grant that, through his intercession and example, we may be led out of shadows and images into the fulness of Your truth. “God has created me to do him […]