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Author: Prof. Barb H. Wyman

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The Patient Church

Newman cautions us that unlike King Jeroboam we must obey God in all his precepts, and reminds us that the Church puts its hope in Christ.

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Pusillanimity

Being a follower of Christ sometimes means stepping outside our comfort zone

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Substance and Shadow

The material world is only a shadow of the spiritual world and its Creator, and we must discern between shadow and substance.

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Hope of Heaven

The reality of Christ’s resurrection, like the bow set in the sky by God after the great flood, gives hope, even amidst sorrow or sadness.

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My Birthday: Part 2

In the second half of the poem, “My Birthday,” Blessed John Henry Newman continues to relate how worldly people celebrate birthdays in contrast to how he wishes to mark his day.

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My Birthday

In his Birthday poem, Blessed John Henry Newman considers how a life should be spent, reminding us to beware the vanities of the world.

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Candlemas

Newman reflects how light and Candlemas show Christ to be the light of the world.

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England, Newman’s Admonition

Newman warned England to repent from its pride and rejection of God. In his verses he opened lines with stressed syllables to emphasize his point.

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Epiphany-Eve: A Birthday Offering

Newman sees the meaning of his sister’s death as drawing those she left behind into that invisible world, likening it to the star which guided the magi.

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