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St. John Henry Newman—The Danger of Accomplishments

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 02, 2020 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“It is beautiful in a picture to wash the disciples’ feet; but the sands of the real desert have no luster in them to compensate for the servile nature of the occupation.”

This episode marks Catholic Culture Audiobooks’ 50th audiobook release—so who better to hear from than our patron saint, St. John Henry Newman? And to celebrate this milestone accomplishment, what better topic than that of “the danger of accomplishments”?

In this sermon, Newman warns of the danger of separating feeling from acting. Let it not be said that we simply entertained ourselves, merely listening to—or merely reading!—the fine sentiments expressed in the great works featured on this podcast. Rather let us, as Newman says, “apply all we read to ourselves… from the mere sincerity and honesty of our desire to please God.”

Here’s to another 50 episodes more!

The Danger of Accomplishments full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume2/sermon30.html

Theme music: 2 Part Invention, composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.

James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for CatholicCulture.org, the “voice” of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. Based in New York City, he holds both a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. See full bio.

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