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St. John Henry Newman—Knowledge of God’s Will without Obedience

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | May 06, 2022 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“If you hate your own corruption in sincerity and truth, if you are really pierced to the heart that you do not do what you know you should do, if you would love God if you could, then the Gospel speaks to you words of peace and hope. It is a very different thing indolently to say, ‘I would I were a different man,’ and to close with God’s offer to make you different, when it is put before you. Here is the test between earnestness and insincerity.”

This sermon is taken from a collection of sermons given by Newman between 1825 and 1843, before his conversion to Catholicism. In it, he reflects on Christ’s counsel to his Apostles, “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.” (John 13:17)

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