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“Dearest brethren, how great the delight, how great the pleasure, how great the sweetness that is in the heavenly words of wisdom!”
In this special episode in honor of the annual March for Life, we’ve compiled a selection of three of Newman’s poems, all composed within a few days of one another and all reflecting on the efficacy of prayer.
“Do not hesitate to believe what you have heard from those who have brought you accounts of him; believe, rather, that they have told but little... for it is probable that, when each one has told what he knows, the account will not do Anthony justice.”
“... if any of these customs is common to the whole Church throughout the world, it is the most unheard of madness to doubt that such custom is to be followed.”
“We are now entering on a fresh stage of our life's journey; we know well how it will end, and we see where we shall stop in the evening, though we do not see the road.”
"If at any time we might love the world, it is now. If at any time, it is when He is come to be our Emmanuel."
"This faith, if only you desire it, you can have."
"And let us not merely seem to pay attention and to believe now, while being admonished by the presbyters, but also, when we have gone home, let us remember the commandments of the Lord..."
“It was fitting, for His honor and glory, that she, who was the instrument of His bodily presence, should first be a miracle of His grace.”
"The season is chill and dark, and the breath of the morning is damp, and worshipers are few, but all this befits those who are by profession penitents and mourners, watchers and pilgrims."
"Wherever the bishop appears, there let the people be; as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church."
"In heaven, love will absorb fear; but in this world, fear and love must go together."
"But, if some shall disobey the words which have been spoken by Him through us, let them know that they will involve themselves in no small transgression and danger."
“The unseen God alone was their Comforter, and this invests the scene of their suffering with supernatural majesty, and awes us when we think of them.”
"The uproar in the stadium was such that nobody could be heard at all."
"The letter of Ignatius sent to us by himself and all the others we have here we send you... and from them you will greatly profit."
"Copy the ways of God in speaking to each as an individual person... Not every wound is healed by the same salve."
"We crowd these all up into one day; we mingle together in the brief remembrance of an hour all the choicest deeds, the holiest lives, the noblest labors, the most precious sufferings, which the sun ever saw."
"Do not abandon the commandments of the Lord, but keep what you have received, without adding or subtracting."
"God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another."
"Artists are constantly in search of the hidden meaning of things, and their torment is to succeed in expressing the world of the ineffable. How then can we fail to see what a great source of inspiration is offered by that kind of homeland of the soul that is religion?"
"I am God's wheat; I am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts that I may end as the pure bread of Christ."
"It requires nothing great, nothing heroic, nothing saint-like ... it requires nothing more than faith, a single purpose, an honest heart, and a distinct utterance."
Happy feast of Blessed John Henry Newman! Today it is fitting to drop the trailer for one of CatholicCulture.org’s new podcast series, which will take Newman for its patron. Every week, Catholic Culture Audiobooks will be bringing you...
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