Three Minutes with Newman

John Henry Newman’s sermons provide us insights into the spiritual and moral life. Three Minutes with Newman can help you to start the day or to spend a few moments in reflection later in the day.
  • 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
  • On the Assumption
    David Warren
    August 18, 2018
    The Assumption is an honor fit for the Mother of God, who lets the Lord freely reign in her heart. Bd. Newman teaches us this mystery in its simple wisdom.
    August 18, 2018
  • Promising Without Doing
    Fr. Juan Velez
    August 4, 2018
    Newman reminds us that we don't want to make empty promises to God. Thus we must look at our hearts and actions every day.
    August 4, 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
  • Profession Without Ostentation: Part II
    David Warren
    July 14, 2018
    When we have a duty to witness to Christ by speaking our opinion or correcting others, how can we do so prudently and humbly?
    July 14, 2018
  • Profession Without Ostentation
    David Warren
    July 7, 2018
    All Christians are called to witness to Christ. How do we witness wiithout making a show of our deeds and prayers? How can we be faithful and humble?
    July 7, 2018
  • Pusillanimity
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    June 30, 2018
    Being a follower of Christ sometimes means stepping outside our comfort zone
    June 30, 2018
  • Profession Without Practice
    David Warren
    June 9, 2018
    Hypocrisy may seem like a remote sin, but it is far more common, far easier to fall into, and harder to detect than we imagine.
    June 9, 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
  • Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity
    Fr. Juan Velez
    May 26, 2018
    God is a Triune God, Father and Son and Holy Spirit, and we come to know Him through Jesus Christ. Blessed Newman helps to go to the Father through the Son in the Spirit.
    May 26, 2018
  • The Paraclete, the Life of the Church
    Fr. Juan Velez
    May 19, 2018
    God the Holy Spirit is the source and life of the Catholic Church. He sustains it with its graces and gifts. And He gives supernatural life to men.
    May 19, 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
  • The Gospel Palaces
    Fr. Juan Velez
    April 21, 2018
    It is fitting that church buildings are magnificent and beautiful because they are symbols of Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday and today and for ever.
    April 21, 2018
  • The Temples of the Holy Ghost
    David Warren
    April 15, 2018
    What does it mean to be a temple of the Holy Ghost? Blessed Newman teaches us the great dignity of our bodies as he meditates on the Resurrection of our Lord.
    April 15, 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
  • Rising with Christ
    David Warren
    March 31, 2018
    On this Holy Saturday we await our Lord’s resurrection. We too wish to rise with Him. To do so, we must have an inner life hidden with Him.
    March 31, 2018
  • The Cross of Christ the Measure of the World
    Fr. Juan Velez
    March 25, 2018
    The Cross of Christ is the measure of the world. Its meaning lies hidden beneath the surface of things. Through it Christ triumphs and give us new life.
    March 25, 2018
  • Fallen Man and Conversion - Thackeray and Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    March 20, 2018
    Both Thackeray and Dickens have a mistaken vision of man; Cardinal Newman presents us instead with a realistic vision of fallen man in need of God's grace and of life in Christ.
    March 20, 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
  • Weapons of the Saints: The Last Shall be First
    David Warren
    February 24, 2018
    The weapons of the saints are weakness, poverty, dishonor, sacrifice. By these we too can conquer the world through love.
    February 24, 2018
  • Weapons of the Saints: Turning the World Upside Down
    David Warren
    February 18, 2018
    The weapons of the saints contrast the ways of the world. By humility, poverty, and weakness they have turned the world upside down and introduced a new order.
    February 18, 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
  • Life, the Season of Repentance
    Fr. Juan Velez
    February 3, 2018
    We cannot sell our birthright as Adam and Esau did. Lent is a time of repentance of past sins, a time of self-denial and growth in charity.
    February 3, 2018
  • Are You a Consistent Christian?
    David Warren
    January 27, 2018
    What separates consistent Christians from nominal Christians? Blessed John Henry Newman explains how sincerity is the mark of the consistent Christian, while the nominal Christian has a double mind.
    January 27, 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
  • The End of the Law
    David Warren
    January 13, 2018
    How is Christ the end of the law, and where do we stand in relationship to the Law? Blessed Newman sorts out the meaning of St. Paul's words in Romans 10:4.
    January 13, 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
  • The New Year and Educating Children
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 30, 2017
    Blessed Cardinal Newman encouraged parents to be the primary educators of their children, and to form their minds and hearts.
    December 30, 2017
  • Mystery of Godliness
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 24, 2017
    By taking on a human nature the Son of God raised us to become God's adopted children and partakers of divine nature.
    December 24, 2017
  • 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
  • Why Christians Misunderstand Devotion to Mary
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 9, 2017
    http://www.cardinaljohnhenrynewman.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Why-Christians-Misunderstand-Devotion-to-Mary.mp3 Many Christians think that devotion to Mary is the same as worship given to God, ...
    December 9, 2017
  • When Should We Pray?
    David Warren
    December 8, 2017
    Private prayer is vital, but how often should we pray? Do we need set times of prayer? Here Blessed Newman answers the what, why, and how of private prayer.
    December 8, 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
  • What We Need to Know
    David Warren
    November 13, 2017
    The mysteries of life and faith leave us with many questions, but they do not leave us without direction. In fact, they lead us to our Lord.
    November 13, 2017
  • Meditation and Study of the Scriptures
    Fr. Juan Velez
    November 9, 2017
    Blessed Newman studied and meditated the Bible. In his sermons he quoted the Scriptures often and explained them to his listeners.
    November 9, 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
  • The World Our Enemy: Part 2
    David Warren
    October 22, 2017
    The world is our enemy, but who is of the world and what can we do about them?
    October 22, 2017
  • The World Our Enemy: Part 1
    David Warren
    October 13, 2017
    What is the meaning of "the world" and how should we relate to it?
    October 13, 2017
  • Newman on Friendship
    Fr. Juan Velez
    October 7, 2017
    John Henry Newman reminds us of the need for friendship, and that it is based on common interests, grows gradually, requires virtue - especially charity.
    October 7, 2017
  • Consolation
    Prof. Barb H. Wyman
    September 30, 2017
    True consolation comes from the knowledge that Christ is ever with us.
    September 30, 2017
  • Keep Death Before Your Eyes: Part 2
    David Warren
    September 22, 2017
    Have we thought about our own death recently? If not, Blessed Newman's sermon "The Lapse of Time" may be the wake up call we need to hear.
    September 22, 2017
  • Keep Death Before Your Eyes: Part 1
    David Warren
    September 8, 2017
    No one likes to think about his own death. But with sober reflection on it, we may learn how to live.
    September 8, 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
  • Inward Witness to the Truth of the Gospel: Part 2
    David Warren
    August 6, 2017
    Why do some fall in the face of doubt while others persist? In Part 2 of this series we learn of the confidence that comes from inward belief.
    August 6, 2017
  • Inward Witness to the Truth of the Gospel: Part 1
    David Warren
    July 29, 2017
    We can know the truth, but how do we come to know it? Why do some find the truth and others don't?
    July 29, 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
  • Warfare the Condition of Victory
    Fr. Juan Velez
    June 24, 2017
    Christ ascends to heaven after his death and resurrection. The Christian knows that the Cross is the path to heaven, warfare the condition of victory.
    June 24, 2017
  • Who do we Proclaim? Part 2
    David Warren
    June 18, 2017
    God is the deepest subject of reflection, and to try to understand Him strains our minds. Yet we are called to press on in reflecting on the Trinity of God.
    June 18, 2017
  • Jesus, our Daily Sacrifice
    David Warren
    April 14, 2017
    Jesus offers himself completely to be with us in the daily sacrifice of the Mass.
    April 14, 2017
  • Jesus, Son of Mary
    Fr. Juan Velez
    April 14, 2017
    Jesus loved and honored his mother, and teaches us likewise to love our family members, friends and acquaintances.
    April 14, 2017
  • Jesus, our Guide and Guardian
    David Warren
    April 8, 2017
    The unsparing, tender love of Jesus will dispel all doubts and strengthen our hearts to trust in Him.
    April 8, 2017
  • Jesus, the Lover of Souls
    Fr. Juan Velez
    April 2, 2017
    Jesus, who became incarnate and suffered and died to redeem us, is the Lover of souls.
    April 2, 2017
  • Jesus the Beginning of Creation
    David Warren
    April 1, 2017
    We can return to God because he has offered us a new beginning in Christ.
    April 1, 2017
  • Jesus, the Eternal King
    Fr. Juan Velez
    March 25, 2017
    Jesus established a spiritual kingdom on earth and entrusted the spiritual authority over this kingdom to the pope and bishops.
    March 25, 2017
  • Jesus Only Begotten Son
    David Warren
    March 24, 2017
    The unity God desires for his Church he models in his divinity and his humanity.
    March 24, 2017
  • Jesus, Lord of Armies
    Fr. Juan Velez
    March 18, 2017
    Jesus is, in the words of the Apocalypse, the Captain of God's hosts or Lord of Armies. He leads us in our spiritual combat against the forces of evil.
    March 18, 2017
  • Jesus the Author and Finisher of Faith
    David Warren
    March 11, 2017
    Faith is not only necessary for reaching God, this gift is the first step toward him.
    March 11, 2017
  • The Lord of Grace
    David Warren
    March 4, 2017
    It is an awful thought to think that God rejects those who reject him, but the truth is that in mercy he invites us to repent.
    March 4, 2017
  • Jesus, Son of David
    Fr. Juan Velez
    February 25, 2017
    Jesus the Son of David, descended from King David to whom God had promised a descendant who would reign forever.
    February 25, 2017
  • The Dream of Gerontius, Conclusion
    Fr. Juan Velez
    February 11, 2017
    The following is a summary of John Henry Newman's famous poem on Last Things and God's mercy.
    February 11, 2017
  • The Dream of Gerontius, Part 9
    Fr. Juan Velez
    January 28, 2017
    The soul sees Christ's suffering and feels great sorrow.
    January 28, 2017
  • The Dream of Gerontius, Part 8
    Fr. Juan Velez
    January 20, 2017
    The Dream of Gerontius reaches its high point with choirs of angels singing the praise of God and recounting the history of salvation.
    January 20, 2017
  • The Dream of Gerontius, Part 7
    Fr. Juan Velez
    January 7, 2017
    The angel explains to the soul of Gerontius that the very sight of God will gladden the just soul immensely while it purifies it.
    January 7, 2017
  • The Dream of Gerontius, Part 6
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 31, 2016
    Demons tempt the human soul but they are impotent in causing it to do evil. The soul must endure these temptations and repeatedly turn to God.
    December 31, 2016
  • The Dream of Gerontius, Part 5
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 18, 2016
    In the dialogue between the soul and the angel we learn about the particular judgment and how to prepare to meet Christ by living as God's children.
    December 18, 2016
  • The Dream of Gerontius, Part 4
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 10, 2016
    Each guardian angel created ages ago by God has been given a human being to care for and to guide on his way to heaven.
    December 10, 2016
  • The Dream of Gerontius, Part 3
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
  • Sins of Ignorance and Weakness, Part 4
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
  • The Spiritual Mind, Part 3
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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
  • Secret Faults (Part 3)
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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)
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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)
    Fr. Juan Velez
    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