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Author: Fr. Juan Velez

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Bodily Suffering, Part I

Newman explains how the Gospel sheds light upon human suffering, teaching us that Christ turned punishment into a privilege, even bodily pain.

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St. John Henry Newman, on “Angels”

Just as the created world is full of order and one thing depends on another, God has created angels who serve Him in many ways. And He has provided each person with a guardian angel to protect him on earth and lead him to heaven.

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The Danger of Riches

Newman reminds us that Christ’s disciples should beware of the danger of riches and do everything for God’s glory.

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Use of Saints’ Days

St. John Henry Newman tells why the celebration of Saint’s days fell out of use, and why it is helpful for Christians to recover the practice of commemorating them.

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Human Responsibility

Newman would agree with Augustine’s summary of the doctrine of predestination found in “The Confessions”: “God who made us without us cannot save us without our cooperation.” 

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God and Man, Peace and Justice

When man turns from God there is selfishness, injustice, crime, and, with it, pain, sadness and alienation. On the brutal killing of George Floyd and riots.

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The Ascension of the Lord

For Newman, the Ascension is the triumph of Christ and the completion of his work. In Heaven Christ, who is the Way, is our Mediator before God.

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Mother of Christ

The Jewish people expected the Messiah, and Jewish women desired that privilege. Mary was too humble to expect this but was chosen by God to be his virgin mother.

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