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Author: Prof. Barb H. Wyman

Poetry Blog

Preparing for Christ

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.

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The Elements

Newman teaches that faith and reason at the service of God brings man to a deeper appreciation of the complexity of the created world

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Faith against Sight

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.

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Consolation

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
Consolation
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True consolation comes from the knowledge that Christ is ever with us.

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Transfiguration

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
Transfiguration
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For Newman, God wishes to transform us so that the “the beauty of holiness” may shine through us to others.

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The Sign of the Cross

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
The Sign of the Cross
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Newman reminds us of the power of the Cross which opens us to the invisible world and God’s grace.

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Solitude

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
Solitude
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In the poem “Solitude,” John Henry Newman reminds us of the importance of silent time alone with God.

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Snapdragon: a Riddle for a Flower Book, Part 2

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
Snapdragon: a Riddle for a Flower Book, Part 2
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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.

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Snapdragon

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
Snapdragon
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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.

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Lead Kindly Light

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
Lead Kindly Light
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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.

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