Poems Blog (Three Minutes with Newman)

Poetry Blog (Three Minutes with Newman)

  • Golden Prison
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    November 3, 2018
    Blessed Cardinal Newman describes the purification of the soul in Purgatory as being in a golden prison in preparation for Heaven.
    November 3, 2018
  • Guardian Angel
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    October 6, 2018
    Newman reminds us the importance of our guardian angel, the brother of our soul.
    October 6, 2018
  • Pilgrim Queen
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    August 25, 2018
    Newman teaches us in charmingly simple verses that Mary, Our Queen, will lead us to Heaven.
    August 25, 2018
  • The Patient Church
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    July 29, 2018
    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.
    July 29, 2018
  • Pusillanimity
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    June 30, 2018
    Being a follower of Christ sometimes means stepping outside our comfort zone
    June 30, 2018
  • The Isle of Sirens
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    June 2, 2018
    Newman exhorts us to plug our ears to the Sirens' call, so that we may sail safely to heaven.
    June 2, 2018
  • Substance and Shadow
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    May 12, 2018
    The material world is only a shadow of the spiritual world and its Creator, and we must discern between shadow and substance.
    May 12, 2018
  • Hope of Heaven
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    April 8, 2018
    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.
    April 8, 2018
  • My Birthday: Part 2
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    March 11, 2018
    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.
    March 11, 2018
  • My Birthday
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    March 3, 2018
    In his Birthday poem, Blessed John Henry Newman considers how a life should be spent, reminding us to beware the vanities of the world.
    March 3, 2018
  • Candlemas
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    February 10, 2018
    Newman reflects how light and Candlemas show Christ to be the light of the world.
    February 10, 2018
  • England, Newman's Admonition
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    January 21, 2018
    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.
    January 21, 2018
  • Epiphany-Eve: A Birthday Offering
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    January 5, 2018
    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.
    January 5, 2018
  • Preparing for Christ
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    December 17, 2017
    Blessed Newman's poem, "Advent-Lauds," is a translation of a fifth century hymn that can help us prepare for the coming of our Lord.
    December 17, 2017
  • The Elements
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    November 21, 2017
    Newman teaches that faith and reason at the service of God brings man to a deeper appreciation of the complexity of the created world
    November 21, 2017
  • Faith against Sight
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    October 28, 2017
    We are called by Newman to scatter wide the seed of the truth of the gospel, living in the world which just like from days of old forgets God.
    October 28, 2017
  • Consolation
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    September 30, 2017
    True consolation comes from the knowledge that Christ is ever with us.
    September 30, 2017
  • Transfiguration
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    August 18, 2017
    For Newman, God wishes to transform us so that the “the beauty of holiness” may shine through us to others.
    August 18, 2017
  • The Sign of the Cross
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    August 12, 2017
    Newman reminds us of the power of the Cross which opens us to the invisible world and God's grace.
    August 12, 2017
  • Solitude
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    July 22, 2017
    In the poem “Solitude,” John Henry Newman reminds us of the importance of silent time alone with God.
    July 22, 2017
  • Snapdragon: a Riddle for a Flower Book, Part 2
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    July 15, 2017
    These verses are the expression of Newman’s desire to live and die at Oxford, in the simplicity of the life of a scholar, caring for his students.
    July 15, 2017
  • Snapdragon
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    July 8, 2017
    Newman intrigues us with a riddle in his "Snapdragon: a Riddle for a Flower Book". Reading his poetry carefully we discover more about him as a person.
    July 8, 2017
  • Lead Kindly Light
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    July 1, 2017
    Lead Kind Light is one of John Henry Newman's most memorable poems in which he invokes the Holy Spirit for light in the face of the unknown.
    July 1, 2017