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St. John Henry Newman—The Special Charm of Christmas

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 26, 2019 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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Rather than a full sermon today, we’ll be hearing instead from sermon notes jotted down by St. Newman in 1851.

Before his conversion, St. Newman had always read his sermons from a prepared manuscript, according to Anglican custom at the time. As a Catholic priest, Newman preached his homilies in a manner with which Catholics were more accustomed, with a more extemporaneous feel.

Interestingly, his sermon notes were, for the most part, written down after the sermon, not before—an indication that, even after having been prepared, Newman’s thoughts would continue to develop as he preached.

Though his sermon notes are, by comparison, more muted than his full sermons, they are, nevertheless, fascinating and rewarding in their own right.

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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for, 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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