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  • The Dream of Gerontius, Part 3
    December 3, 2016
    Newman imagines the soul of Gerontius outside the limits of time and space in the life hereafter, and how its Guardian Angels comes to lead it to Christ.
    December 3, 2016
  • The Dream of Gerontius, Part 2
    November 26, 2016
    Gerontius' friends pray for their dying friend. He experiences fear at the closeness of death and the thought of the Devil, but is strengthened by a priest.
    November 26, 2016
  • Dream of Gerontius, Part 1
    November 19, 2016
    The Dream of Gerontius is a poem about the experience of man who is dying, his request for prayers, and the help of his angel as he goes to his judgment.
    November 19, 2016
  • Backwards to Heaven
    November 19, 2016
    As God's children we advance to the truth by experience of error; we succeed through failures. We seem to be walking to heaven backwards but indeed advance.
    November 19, 2016
  • Sins of Ignorance and Weakness, Part 4
    November 11, 2016
    Newman urges Christians to repent but as an Anglican he did not know that the ordinary means of forgiveness of sins after Baptism is sacramental Confession.
    November 11, 2016
  • Sins of Ignorance and Weakness, Part 3
    November 4, 2016
    Through Baptism man has a new birth. Although he suffers the consequences of original sin, he receives the grace of the Holy Spirit to live as God's son.
    November 4, 2016
  • Sins of Ignorance and Weakness, Part 2
    October 28, 2016
    As God's children we advance to the truth by experience of error; we succeed through failures. We seem to be walking to heaven backwards but indeed advance.
    October 28, 2016
  • Sins of Ignorance and Weakness, Part 1
    October 22, 2016
    As sinful men and women we have a need to be cleansed and renewed often. We are not forgiven once and for all.
    October 22, 2016
  • Newman: Patron of Adult Faith Formation
    October 16, 2016
    Adult Catholics have many questions such as: What is the Church’s doctrine on communion for married Catholics who after a civil divorce have entered into a second union? Is Jesus truly present in th...
    October 16, 2016
  • The Spiritual Mind, Part 3
    October 16, 2016
    Newman asserts that to be a Christian calls for more than honesty, justice and temperance; it means to seek Christian perfection in Christ's footsteps. http://www.cardinaljohnhenrynewman.com/wp-con...
    October 16, 2016
  • The Spiritual Mind, Part 2
    October 8, 2016
    The Spiritual Mind, Part 2 by Fr. Juan Vélez The Christian should act out of the good habit of loving God, rather than out of fear of sinning, even though the latter may at first play a part in h...
    October 8, 2016
  • The Spiritual Mind, Part 1
    October 2, 2016
    The Spiritual Mind, Part 1 by Fr. Juan Vélez Blessed Newman teaches that a Christian must examine the motives for his thoughts and actions, and must learn to master his heart, doing things for th...
    October 2, 2016
  • Self-Denial, the True Test of Religious Earnestness, Part 3
    September 24, 2016
    Self-Denial, the Test of Religious Earnestness, Part 3 by Fr. Juan Vélez Jesus bids us to take up our cross daily. We must be careful, however, of the danger of self-deception by doing things for...
    September 24, 2016
  • Self-Denial, the Test of Religious Earnestness, Part 2
    September 17, 2016
    Self-Denial, the Test of Religious Earnestness, Part 2 by Fr. Juan Vélez Jesus bids us to take up our cross daily. We must careful, however, of the danger of self-deception by doing things for ou...
    September 17, 2016
  • Self-Denial, the Test of Religious Earnestness, Part 1
    September 10, 2016
    Self-Denial, the Test of Religious Earnestness, Part 1 by Fr. Juan Vélez John Henry Newman explains that the test of the true practice of religion is self-denial. Without the latter a person make...
    September 10, 2016
  • A Teenager, Mother Teresa and Cardinal Newman
    September 4, 2016
    A Teenager, Mother Teresa and Cardinal Newman I saw the saint (Mother Teresa) on three occasions. No, not Mother Teresa of Avila, but another giant like her. The encounters if one could call them s...
    September 4, 2016
  • Secret Faults (Part 3)
    September 3, 2016
    Secret Faults (Part 3) - by Fr. Juan Vélez Most people rationalize their defects and sins and become used to them. John Henry Newma...
    September 3, 2016
  • Secret Faults (Part 2)
    August 27, 2016
    Secret Faults (Part 2) - by Fr. Juan Vélez Our secret faults are often revealed to us when we are tested. We need humility and the ...
    August 27, 2016
  • Secret Faults (Part 1)
    August 21, 2016
    Secret Faults (Part 1) - by Fr. Juan Vélez Most people have little self-knowledge, and because of this have a poor understanding of...
    August 21, 2016
  • St. Paul on our Human Nature
    August 7, 2016
    World news in today's age travels with such speed that we are aware at once of wars, cruelty, famine and other human disasters. We must pay attention, pray, and in our own measure do what we can to al...
    August 7, 2016
  • Christ speaks to the Youth of the World
    July 31, 2016
    Christ Speaks to the Youth of the World Gathered in Krakow with a million and a half youth from all over the world Pope Francis told them that they were like the disciples at Pentecost. The dis...
    July 31, 2016
  • Sermon 7. St. Paul's Characteristic Gift
    July 29, 2016
    Blessed Newman explains how St. Paul remembered his own weakness and sins, and taught that God will have mercy on the Jews to whom belong the patriarchs, the promises and the prophets. http://www.c...
    July 29, 2016
  • A Better Homeland
    July 11, 2016
      A Better Homeland (cf. Hebrews 11:16) When prodigal children book passage for a far country, the last thing they want is a reminder about the likeliness of a U-turn. No ticket kiosk of...
    July 11, 2016
  • Sermon 6. Omnipotence in Bonds
    May 1, 2016
    The Creator is Omnipotent. He made the universe and all its creatures. Yet, he willed to become a prisoner in the womb of the Virgin. Later he allowed himself to be bound by cruel men in his Passion. ...
    May 1, 2016
  • Sermon 5. Dispositions for Faith
    April 10, 2016
    Conscience speaks to our hearts of an Unseen Lord, Governor and Judge, and leads us to "look out" for Him and his messages. It predisposes us to faith when He reveals himself to us. http://www.card...
    April 10, 2016
  • Ruled by Love
    March 14, 2016
    Falling short in the most important area of Christian life, that of loving God and our neighbor for His sake, is enough of a daily stumbling block to merit Blessed John Henry Newman’s focus in a ser...
    March 14, 2016
  • Sermon 4. The Secret Power of Divine Grace
    March 12, 2016
    Blessed Newman expounds on how God's hidden grace works to extend the Church. Unlike the external instruments of the Church grace works invisibly from within.   http://www.cardinaljohnhenry...
    March 12, 2016
  • Recording of Bl. Newman's Sermons Preached on Various Occasions
    February 21, 2016
    On the eve of the anniversary of Blessed Cardinal Newman's birthday (February 21, 1801) we began a series of recordings of his Sermons Preached on Various Occasions. Sermon 1. Intellect, The Instr...
    February 21, 2016
  • "The Making of Men. The Idea and reality of Newman's university in Oxford and Dublin"
    February 6, 2016
    In the Fall 2015 issue of the Newman Studies Journal there is a review which I wrote on The 'Making of Men'. The Idea and reality of Newman's university in Oxford and Dublin, by Paul Shrimpton, Leom...
    February 6, 2016
  • Deacon Jack Sullivan's Cure
    January 21, 2016
    In the Gospels we see how Jesus had compassion for the sick and cured them. The cures reveal his compassion as well as his divinity. In our times God continues to work miracles through the intercessio...
    January 21, 2016
  • Saint John Neumann and Blessed John Henry Newman
    January 8, 2016
    Saint John Neumann and Blessed John Henry Newman Every year one or more friends kindly congratulate me on January 5th when the Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of St. John Neumann. They mi...
    January 8, 2016
  • The Mystery of Godliness
    December 24, 2015
    Tonight we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord. "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." The Incarnation is the great mystery that reveals God's wonderful love for mankind. In this sermon from ...
    December 24, 2015
  • Reverence, a Belief in God's Presence
    December 13, 2015
    We have very sadly gotten almost accustomed to saying God's name in vain or hearing others do so. There is little reverence in the way people dress and behave at church. There is a loss of the sense o...
    December 13, 2015
  • Worship, a Preparation for Christ's Coming
    November 29, 2015
    Blessed John Henry Newman helps us to begin the season of Advent with a sermon titled "Worship, a Preparation for Christ's Coming." He opens with the words of Scripture: "Thine eyes shall see th...
    November 29, 2015
  • The Praise of Men (continued)
    November 8, 2015
    In the sermon The Praise of Men, after indicating that ridicule is a powerful weapon used by the devil, Blessed John Henry Newman describes a case in which it is the cause of much pain: when a pers...
    November 8, 2015
  • The Wisdom of Youth
    October 23, 2015
    The Wisdom of Youth by Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem Blessed are they who give the flower of their days, and their strength of soul and body to Him; blessed are they who in their youth turn t...
    October 23, 2015
  • EWTN Interview with Deacon Jack Sullivan on Cure Obtained through Blessed Newman
    October 17, 2015
    Deacon Jack Sullivan received a miraculous cure from a severe spinal stenosis on August 15, 2001 after praying to Cardinal Newman. On July 3, 2009 Pope Benedict announced that this healing was a mirac...
    October 17, 2015
  • Cardinal Del Val's Defense of Newman
    October 10, 2015
    Blessed John Henry Newman's liturgical memorial is celebrated liturgically on October 9. For this occasion Stephen Bullivant, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at St Mary’s University, Twickenh...
    October 10, 2015
  • The Praise of Men
    October 9, 2015
    The Saints are men and women whom the Church sets as standards for living holy lives as children of God. Today is the memorial or feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890), a renowned Anglica...
    October 9, 2015
  • Pope Francis' Visit to America
    October 5, 2015
    From the earliest time of Christianity the pope, a term derived from the Greek word for "father," was regarded with great love and reverence by the faithful. The Pope is the Vicar of Christ and succes...
    October 5, 2015
  • Pope Francis Speaks to the Heart of the American People
    September 24, 2015
    In difficult times God raises men and women to rouse the Church. What does the Spirit say to the Churches? Religious truths are always the same, but in every time there are specific questions and pres...
    September 24, 2015
  • St. Junipero Serra, a herald of the Gospel in North America
    September 24, 2015
    Today Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan and founder of nine of the twenty-one California missions in the 18th century, was declared a saint by Pope Francis at a solemn Mass at the Basilica of the I...
    September 24, 2015
  • St. John Chrysostom's Death
    September 22, 2015
    Banished from Constantinople through the instigation of his enemies St. John Chrysostom had arrived in Cucusus in the autumn. He survived the hardship of travel and an illness along the way as well as...
    September 22, 2015
  • Newman College in Ireland
    September 21, 2015
    "Nicholas Healy, president emeritus of Ave Maria University and a former vice president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, facilitated the launch of Newman College Ireland, which completed its ...
    September 21, 2015
  • Forgiveness in Suffering and Gratefulness to Friends, St. John Chrysostom ~ Cardinal Newman
    September 13, 2015
    Faced with injustice, illness or significant loss people are often angry and resentful, sad and withdrawn. St. John Chrysostom, instead, displayed resilience and good temper, forbearance of his persec...
    September 13, 2015
  • St. John Chrysostom: Rejoicing in Suffering and Giving Glory to God ~ Cardinal Newman
    August 18, 2015
    Christian life entails suffering, sometimes great suffering, and the response distinguishes a Christian from others: in the midst of hardship and even persecution he forgives and gives praise to God. ...
    August 18, 2015
  • Newman House to be Restored
    July 31, 2015
    Blessed John Henry Newman together with Cardinal Paul Cullen and the Irish bishops established the Catholic University of Ireland in 1854. Newman was the founder and first rector.  At the start of th...
    July 31, 2015
  • A Matter of Life and Death - Cardinal Newman
    July 22, 2015
    A Matter of Life and Death  by Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. When Moses set before the Israelites a choice between life and death, a blessing and a curse, he wasn’t simply issuing an ultimatu...
    July 22, 2015
  • Cardinal Newman's Gentleman
    July 16, 2015
    Newman’s Gentleman by Ronald J. Snyder, D.D.S. Evidence of the respect for Blessed John Henry Newman’s unsurpassed 19th century treatise of higher education is his frequently referenced gentlem...
    July 16, 2015
  • Chrysostom's Spiritual Renewal ~ Cardinal Newman
    July 4, 2015
    What was the secret of St. John Chrysostom's success as a leader and reformer? The spiritual leaders of a city or society inspire the moral lives of their citizens. They understand well people's ne...
    July 4, 2015
  • Marriage, Morality and the Saints ~ Newman
    June 27, 2015
    Yesterday, June 26, was a momentous and sad day for our nation: the highest court "legislated" that states within the United States cannot ban same-sex marriages. This is an attack on natural law as w...
    June 27, 2015
  • St. Philip, A Different Type of Refomer
    June 11, 2015
    St. Philip, A Different Type of Reformer Who was Philip Neri and what were the important stages in his formation? Having recounted the life of  Savonarola, and referring to God's appearance to ...
    June 11, 2015
  • St. Philip Neri, the Apostle of Rome ~ Cardinal Newman
    May 27, 2015
    Today the Church honors a great saint, Philip Neri (Filippo di Neri), who countered the decadent culture of his time with humility, charity and truthfulness. Philip (July 21, 1515 – May 25, 1595), w...
    May 27, 2015
  • Temples of the Holy Spirit ~ Cardinal Newman - by Fr. John Henry Hanson, O.Praem
    May 14, 2015
    Temples of the Holy Spirit  by Fr. John Henry Hanson, O.Praem Contemplating the mystery of the Divine indwelling, Blessed John Henry Newman is enraptured at the thought of the Holy Spirit’s ...
    May 14, 2015
  • What Have You Ventured for Christ? ~ Cardinal Newman - by Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.
    April 14, 2015
    What have you ventured for Christ? The Life of Faith in the Light of the Resurrection by Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. Faith in the risen Christ, glorious yet unseen, is no less crucial for u...
    April 14, 2015
  • Embracing the Cross ~ Cardinal Newman
    April 2, 2015
    Christ died on the Cross. But did he fail? Was he truly who he said he was? Jesus Christ laid down his life freely. He had said about his life: "I have power to lay it down, and I have power to ta...
    April 2, 2015
  • Anniversary of the Birth of Cardinal Newman
    February 22, 2015
    Blessed Cardinal Newman was born in London on February 21, 1801. He was not only an exceptional thinker, theologian and writer but a holy priest and the founder of the Oratory of St. Phillip Neri in E...
    February 22, 2015
  • A liberal arts education ~ Fr. Juan R. Vélez
    February 13, 2015
    Why is a liberal arts education important? And what is a liberal arts education? These are questions that we need to ask seriously, especially if we wish to grow as human beings and serve our fami...
    February 13, 2015
  • A University Education for the 21st Century, Fr. Juan R. Vélez
    February 9, 2015
    A University Education for the 21st Century: The Opening of the American Mind is a book that I wrote in 2014. It is my hope that this work will help students, parents and university administrators ...
    February 9, 2015
  • Jesus, the Son of Man ~ Cardinal Newman
    December 23, 2014
    As we prepare to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ we have before us a text from the Letter to the Hebrews and some comments by Bl. John Henry Newman. "Both He that sanctifieth and th...
    December 23, 2014
  • Development of an idea and of doctrine ~ Cardinal Newman
    December 1, 2014
    The development of Christian doctrine is a very important subject in Christianity and one, which demands a proper understanding and safeguards. In An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (...
    December 1, 2014
  • Christian Holiness according to Cardinal Newman
    October 29, 2014
    Blessed John Henry Newman taught his friends and parishioners to strive for Christian holiness in every day life while trying to do so himself. The following is a link to Source and Summit which has a...
    October 29, 2014
  • Divorce and Remarriage, True Development of Doctrine?
    October 25, 2014
    In a forth coming article for the Catholic World News Report I will be discussing the subject of development of Christian Doctrine to show that Communion for persons divorced and remarried is not auth...
    October 25, 2014
  • Why is Blessed Newman not well known yet?
    October 9, 2014
    Today is the feast day of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, a great English scholar and holy priest (1801-1890). His memorial is celebrated in the dioceses of England, but it is hoped that some ...
    October 9, 2014
  • Literature ~ Cardinal Newman
    September 24, 2014
    What is literature and why should we read the Classics? In our technological and scientific world that has reduced thinking to the practical and empirical sciences literature is often ignored or dismi...
    September 24, 2014
  • St. John Chrysostom ~ Cardinal Newman
    September 13, 2014
    Bl. John Henry Newman loved and admired St. John Chrysostom and wrote a long essay about him in Historical Sketches.  He wrote at the start of the essay: "I am so specially attached to the Saints...
    September 13, 2014
  • Christianity and Letters, Cardinal Newman
    August 22, 2014
    Over the past year we have gone through the first part of Newman's The Idea of a University. Unfortunately part of this has been lost (from our website). We will continue now with part II of Newman's ...
    August 22, 2014
  • Meeting with Deacon Jack Sullivan
    August 11, 2014
    On July 22nd and July 30th of this year, 2014, I had the pleasure of meeting with Deacon Jack Sullivan first in Pembroke and next in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Deacon Sullivan, originally from Braintr...
    August 11, 2014
  • Idea of a University, the Preface (continued) ~ Cardinal Newman
    June 22, 2014
    The Preface (continued) Newman was correct in distinguishing the ends of a teaching institution and a research institution, but he failed to see how both goals could come together and, since hi...
    June 22, 2014
  • Mary, the Powerful Virgin ~ Cardinal Newman
    May 28, 2014
    Blessed John Henry Newman helps us to understand the title The Powerful Virgin with which the Church honors the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although the world is ruled by fixed laws given to it by the Creato...
    May 28, 2014
  • Mary, Sinless Mother ~ Cardinal Newman
    May 25, 2014
    When commenting on Virgin Mary's title Mater Intemerata, the Sinless Mother, Blessed John Henry Newman adduces other reasons for the Assumption of Mary who "was so transcendently holy, so full, so ov...
    May 25, 2014
  • Mary, Holy Mother of God ~ Cardinal Newman
    May 24, 2014
    The title Holy Mother of God denotes the reason for all the other titles and privileges of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In these reflections for the month of May John Henry Newman looks to one of the priv...
    May 24, 2014
  • Mary, the Ivory Tower ~ Cardinal Newman
    May 23, 2014
    A tower is a tall and strong structure. In the advocation the Ivory Tower the Blessed Virgin Mary is compared to a tower. Blessed John Henry Newman explains that Mary was more courageous than Jesus' ...
    May 23, 2014
  • Mary, Queen of Martyrs
    May 17, 2014
    Like many other holy men and women Blessed John Henry Newman meditates on the moral sufferings of the Virgin Mary which merit her the title Queen of Martyrs. "What an overwhelming horror it must have ...
    May 17, 2014
  • Mary, Mother of the Creator
    May 14, 2014
    Blessed John Henry Newman comments on the title Mother of the Creator which he admits seems confusing. He readily explains, however, that do deny it is to deny "the great and fundamental truth of reve...
    May 14, 2014
  • Heart-to-Heart Preaching: Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman in the Pulpit by Fr. John McCloskey
    May 12, 2014
    Heart-to-Heart Preaching: Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman in the Pulpit by Father John McCloskey First presented at a Spring 2013 seminar for priests in Pembroke, MA. Dear Priest Friends and B...
    May 12, 2014
  • Mary, Sedes Sapientiae ~ Cardinal Newman
    May 12, 2014
    Pope Leo XIII created John Henry Newman a cardinal on May 12, 1879. On that occasion Newman gave an Address in which he renewed his opposition to liberalism in religion: "the doctrine that there is no...
    May 12, 2014
  • Mary, Mirror of Justice ~ Cardinal Newman
    May 11, 2014
    Blessed John Henry Newman comments on Mary's title Mirror of Justice telling us that by "justice" we do not mean what is understood in ordinary English; instead we mean "all virtues at once, a perfect...
    May 11, 2014
  • Queen of Angels ~ Cardinal Newman
    May 10, 2014
    The Church honors Mary with the title Regina Angelorum. The obvious reason for this invocation is that she is in heaven with her Son who is King and thus she is Queen. Although true Blessed John Henry...
    May 10, 2014
  • Holy Mary ~ Cardinal Newman
    May 9, 2014
    Blessed John Henry Newman helps us to understand the meaning of the title Sancta Maria by teaching us about God's holiness: "We say that God alone is holy, though in truth all His high attributes a...
    May 9, 2014
  • The New Saint, John Paul II, paved the path for the beatification of Blessed John Henry Newman
    April 27, 2014
    Every century has a few great men or women who shine as light for their contemporaries: an Augustine in the 4th century, a Charlemagne in the 9th century, a Catherine of Siena in the 14th century. In ...
    April 27, 2014
  • The Cross of Christ the Measure of the World ~ Cardinal Newman
    April 18, 2014
    John Henry Newman preached the sermon The Cross of Christ the Measure of the World on April 9, 1841 (Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol 6). In this sermon preached on a Fifth Sunday of Lent he offers a ...
    April 18, 2014
  • Universities and Seminaries ~ Card. Newman
    March 23, 2014
    Universities and Seminaries: L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes Newman concludes this series of short essays with a look at seminaries. The first seminaries for the formation of diocesan clergy were episcop...
    March 23, 2014
  • Newman, a Man of Prayer
    February 22, 2014
    John Henry Newman, a Man of Prayer (revised from article for www.aleteia.org on Feb. 21, 2014) John Henry Newman, born in London on February 21, 1801 was an Anglican convert to Roman Catholicism. H...
    February 22, 2014
  • Abuse of authority by College authorities ~ Cardinal Newman
    February 17, 2014
    Having painted a picture of the origins of universities and their reason for being and of the nature of colleges Newman turns to explain a dysfunction of university education in his alma mater, Oxford...
    February 17, 2014
  • Christian Unity and Cardinal Newman
    January 24, 2014
    As an Anglican John Henry Newman began to pray for Christian unity in 1841 at the urging of Fr. Spencer, a Catholic priest. At first he did so with hesitation because he held that Anglicans already pr...
    January 24, 2014
  • History of higher Catholic Education in Ireland ~ Card. Newman
    October 27, 2013
    By Fr. Juan Velez In a fitting manner, Newman turns his attention to the history of a Catholic university in Ireland. He traces a history of many attempts, primarily by bishops and clergy, since th...
    October 27, 2013