St. Paul’s Gift of Sympathy

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all consolation. Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we also may be able to comfort those who are in any distress, by the exhortation wherewith we also are exhorted by God.” 2 Cor. i. 3, 4.

There is no one who has loved the world so well, as He who made it. None has so understood the human heart, and human nature, and human society in its diversified forms, none has so tenderly entered into and measured the greatness and littleness of man, his doings and sufferings, his circumstances and his fortunes, none has felt such profound compassion for his ignorance and guilt, his present rebellion and his prospects hereafter, as the Omniscient. What He has actually done for us is the proof of this. “God so loved the world, as to give His Only-begotten Son.” He loved mankind in their pollution, in spite of the abhorrence with which that pollution filled Him.

The Reverence Due to the Virgin Mary

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Ain Karim “From henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” Luke 1: 43

Today we celebrate the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary; when the Angel Gabriel was sent to tell her that she was to be the Mother of our Lord, and when the Holy Ghost came upon her, and overshadowed her with the power of the Highest. In that great event was fulfilled her anticipation as expressed in the text. All generations have called her blessed.

The old Cardinal speaks to boys about the Rosary

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Preaching at Oscott College, on Sunday, October 5th, 1879, from the text “They found Mary and Joseph, and the Infant lying in a manger,”

The Cardinal said: I am not going to make a long address to you, my dear boys, or say anything that you have not often heard before from your superiors, for I know well in what good hands you are, and I know that their instructions come to you with greater force than any you can have from a stranger. If I speak to you at all, it is because I have lately come from the Holy Father, and am, in some sort, his representative, and so in the years to come you may remember that you saw me today and heard me speak in his name, and remember it to your profit.

Present Blessings

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Newman Littlemore Such is St. Paul’s confession concerning his temporal condition, even in the midst of his trials. Those trials brought with them spiritual benefits; but, even as regarded this world, he felt he had cause for joy and thankfulness, in spite of sorrows, pains, labours, and self-denials. He did not look on this life with bitterness,

Newman Newsletter 2015

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Rome, June 2015

Dear Newman Friends,

In 1865 – exactly 150 years ago – John Henry Newman wrote The Dream of Gerontius, which set to music by Edward Elgar has become famous throughout the world. This poem is fascinating in its description of the dying Gerontius’ journey towards God’s judgment and from thence to Purgatory. Fr. Thomas Norris,

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

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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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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

The Paraclete, the Life of the Church

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St Peter I adore you, O my Lord, the third person of the all-blessed Trinity, that you have set up in this world of sin a great light upon a hill. You have founded the Church; you have established and maintained it. You fill it continually with your gifts, that men may see, and draw near, and take, and live.

Witnesses of the Resurrection

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24th April 1831

“Him God raised up the third day, and showed Him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us who did eat and drink with Him after He rose from the dead.” Acts 10: 40, 41.

It might have been expected, that, on our Saviour’s rising again from the dead, He would have shown Himself to very great numbers of people, and especially to those who crucified Him;