Memorial of Blessed John Henry Newman – 9thOctober

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Newman Littlemore

Fr. Hermann Geissler FSO

Dear brothers and sisters,

 

Today we celebrate the Memorial of Blessed John Henry Newman. As we know, after having read an anthology of this great English convert, Mother Julia said to the sisters around her: “My soul has found a brother”. Newman is very close to us, he is our brother, who intercedes for us and sustains us on our journey of faith. Let us recall one thought of Newman on faith. In his major work, “Grammar of Assent”, Newman describes how we come to give an assent to the truth, to the natural and to the supernatural truth. In this book he elaborates the distinction between notional assent and real assent.

Littlemore, Oxford then and now

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The place where Blessed John Henry Newman was received into full communion with the Catholic Church on 9th October 1845

“… there it has been that I have both been taught my way and received an answer to my prayers…”

Bl. John Henry Newman to W.J. Copeland, 10th March 1846

Littlemore is approximately three miles away from the centre of Oxford and was a hamlet in Newman’s time. When Newman became Vicar of the University Church of St. Mary’s in 1828, he accepted along with this task, the pastoral care of Littlemore which had been part of the parish for many centuries.

9th October – Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman


Newman, Teacher of Conscience

Fr. Hermann Geissler FSO

On the 19th of September 2010 Pope Benedict XVI beatified the famous English theologian John Henry Newman. During his Christmas audience with the Roman Curia, on the 20th of December 2010, the Holy Father spoke again of Newman and his affinity to our times, highlighting his understanding of conscience. As the Pope explains, the word conscience has come to signify in contemporary thought: “that for moral and religious questions, it is the subjective dimension, the individual, that constitutes the final authority for decision. … Newman’s understanding of conscience is

Newman and Littlemore – his love for the poor

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Sr. Mary-Birgit Dechant, F.S.O.

 

Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society’s most neglected members” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, N. 186).

These words of Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium can rightly and easily be applied to the work and life of Blessed John Henry Newman and especially to his work among the poor of Littlemore. Using Newman’s

Cardinal Newman’s Dream of Gerontius as a Revelation of the Destiny of the Human Person

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Newman

Fr Thomas Norris

The Creed of Christians includes the statement, “I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” John Henry Newman not only had a vivid sense of that world, a world above and beyond this one, he continually reminded himself and others of the Invisible World or, as he liked to call it, the “Unseen World.”

The Virtue of Hope in Christian life: Reflections Based on John Henry Newman’s Discourses to Mixed Congregations

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Sonnenaufgang

Fr. Hermann Geissler, F.S.O.

Christians are called to have an answer ready for anyone who asks the reason for the hope that they have (cfr. 1 Pt 3:15). Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) can serve as both helper and counsellor in this task of ours. After his conversion to the Catholic Church (1845), priestly ordination and his foundation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in England, Newman gave

26th August, Feast of Blessed Dominic Barberi

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A Providential Encounter: Newman and the Passionists

Fr. Adolfo Lippi CP

“Sir, don’t worry. One day Newman will be a doctor of the Church.” This phrase, spoken by Pope Pius XII in a private meeting with Jean Guitton[1], says everything about the esteem that this Pope had for Cardinal Newman. It was admiration similar to that of Pope Paul VI[2].

Introduction to the Apologia pro vita sua

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Richmond-orig

Fr. Hermann Geissler FSO

There is no doubt that John Henry Newman (1801–1890) belongs among the most significant thinkers of the modern age. In his Christmas address to the Roman Curia in 2010, Benedict XVI. spoke of Newman – whom he beatified earlier that year on September 19th – and emphasized Newman’s prophetic significance in our own day: “Why was he beatified?

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