Recording of Bl. Newman’s Sermons Preached on Various Occasions

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 Instrument of Religious Training:


Blessed Newman asserts that God willed for the perfection of the intellect which is called ability and talent, to go hand in hand with the perfection of our moral nature which is called virtue. It is a serious error to think that they cannot go together. He explains the manner in which students little by little can lose their faith. And he points out that the objective of the Catholic Church in setting up universities “is to reunite things which were in the beginning joined together by God, and have been put asunder by man.”

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8 Comment(s)
  • Dan Hoffman Posted February 22, 2016 4:35 am

    Father, I was on retreat this weekend and Blessed JH Newman was very present in the talks and meditations. Thank you for this and I hear rumors of a new book? I purchased and read your previous ones and look forward to further reading under your guidance. Thank you and keep up this important work!

    R,
    Dan Hoffman

  • Maria Knox Posted February 22, 2016 10:29 am

    I enjoyed the podcast of this sermon. Found it very interesting on some people back in the 1800’s labeled those of faith as “ignorant”, and same arguments against the faith were used back then, as today. I guess there is nothing new under the sun.

    The podcast was perfect to stream during my noon walk. Looking forward for more to come 🙂

  • Ron Snyder Posted March 1, 2016 6:03 pm

    Thank you Fr. Juan for beginning this podcast initiative. Blessed JHN is a marvelous preacher with lengthy sentences that are best digested when read aloud. Your excellent reading is critical for that digestion; great cadence, rhythm, and inflection. Thank you!

    This sermon that you selected is a favorite of many. On display is Newman’s characteristic connectedness to the human condition (heart speaks to heart). When our monthly Newman study group reads his “Parochial and Plain Sermons” we are always struck by a consistently calculated and directed thread of thought while being inspired by his brilliant mind. This sermon on Monica and Augustine naturally (brilliantly) flows to a discourse on faith and reason but on first reading the astute reader is captured by the brilliance that becomes obvious from the clear thinking of the master preacher. If you want a summary of his masterpiece “The Idea of a University” this sermon is it…Thanks – Ron Snyder

    • Fr. Juan Velez Posted March 1, 2016 8:24 pm

      Thank you Ron. It is gratifying that you and others are enjoying the reading of these great sermons by Card. Newman. I had not thought before of what you commented in the last sentence but in fact this sermon was the first he delivered at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, the university church in Dublin so it aims at the heart of university education, and speaks heart to heart to the students.

  • Jason Lee Posted March 5, 2016 2:29 pm

    The audio makes Blessed Newman’s preaching to be more vivid and allows me to appreciate more his intellectual brilliance. Bl. Newman’s ability to convey arguments in a lateral way definitely broadens thought to the issues. I particularly enjoyed Bl. Newman’s eloquent insights of St. Monica and St. Augustine and its perennial relevance. Thank you Fr. Juan for making these available to us.

    • Fr. Juan Velez Posted March 5, 2016 6:53 pm

      Before this sermon I had not thought of the intimate connection between the intellectual life of a university and St. Monica and St. Augustine. Perhaps because I did not associate Augustine’s life with university life per se.

  • Nicole McDonald Posted March 30, 2016 5:37 am

    I thought this podcast was very interesting; I looked this passage up for a brief summary due to the fact that i do not understand this passage fully. If you could help me understand this passage a little more Father that would be great.
    “So is it, I say, with the soul, long ago,—that a number of small kingdoms, independent of each other and at war with each other, have arisen in it, such and so many as to reduce the original sovereignty to a circuit of territory and to an influence not more considerable than they have themselves. And all these small dominions, as I may call them, in the soul, are, of course, one by one, incomplete and defective, strong in some points, weak in others, because not any one of them is the whole, sufficient for itself, but only one part of the whole, which, on the contrary, is made up of all the faculties of the soul together. Hence you find in one man, or one set of men, the reign, I may call it, the acknowledged {7} reign of passion or appetite; among others, the avowed reign of brute strength and material resources; among others, the reign of intellect; and among others (and would they were many!) the more excellent reign of virtue. Such is the state of things, as it shows to us, when we cast our eyes abroad into the world; and every one, when he comes to years of discretion, and begins to think, has all these separate powers warring in his own breast,—appetite, passion, secular ambition, intellect, and conscience, and trying severally to get possession of him. And when he looks out of himself, he sees them all severally embodied on a grand scale, in large establishments and centres, outside of him, one here and another there, in aid of that importunate canvass, so to express myself, which each of them is carrying on within him. And thus, at least for a time, he is in a state of internal strife, confusion, and uncertainty, first attracted this way, then that, not knowing how to choose, though sooner or later choose he must; or rather, he must choose soon, and cannot choose late, for he cannot help thinking, speaking, and acting; and to think, speak, and act, is to choose.”

    • Fr. Juan Velez Posted March 30, 2016 7:48 am

      Nicole, thank you for hearing the recording and for your question. Bl. Newman is comparing all that makes up the human person (“all these separate powers warring in his own breast,—appetite, passion, secular ambition, intellect, and conscience, and trying severally to get possession of him”) to small kingdoms within a kingdom. The small kingdoms need to come together under the rule of the intellect and the will guided by reason and the Church’s teaching so that the kingdom will be united and function properly. I hope this helps. Soon I will continue with the recordings.

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