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

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“I have followed His guidance, and He has not disappointed me.” Newman

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 a number of important talks in 1849 to Catholics and other Christians. Their object was to offer a fundamental perspective on the great hope of Christian life. Even today these discourses have lost none of their freshness,
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