Sermon Blog (Three Minutes with Newman)

Sermons Blog (Three Minutes with Newman)

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Who do we Proclaim? Part 1
    David Warren
    June 10, 2017
    The mystery of the Trinity is beyond our understanding. But we are called to reflect on it, and Newman is a wise guide for the path of our reflection.
    June 10, 2017
  • What Must I Do to Be Saved? Part 2
    David Warren
    May 20, 2017
    The title of this reflection is the essential question every man and woman needs to ask. In Part 1 of this series, we looked at Blessed Newman’s sermon, “Faith, the Title for our Justification,”...
    May 20, 2017
  • What Must I Do to be Saved? Part 1
    David Warren
    May 13, 2017
    Faith is necessary for salvation. In this sermon, Blessed Newman asks whether it is all one needs.
    May 13, 2017
  • The Spiritual Presence of Christ in the Church
    Fr. Juan Velez
    April 29, 2017
    Before his Passion and Death Jesus told the disciples that "A little while, and ye shall not see Me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see Me, because I go to the Father." John xvi. 16. How i...
    April 29, 2017
  • Fasting, A Source of Trial
    Fr. Juan Velez
    March 2, 2017
    By fasting we imitate Christ's self-denial, and grow in love for him. And with faith and humility we overcome the temptations of the devil.
    March 2, 2017
  • 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 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
  • St. Paul on our Human Nature
    Fr. Juan Velez
    August 7, 2016
    World news in today's age travels with such speed that we are aware at once of wars, cruelty, famine and other human disasters. We must pay attention, pray, and in our own measure do what we can to al...
    August 7, 2016
  • A Better Homeland
    Fr. John Henry Hanson, O.Praem.
    July 11, 2016
      A Better Homeland (cf. Hebrews 11:16) When prodigal children book passage for a far country, the last thing they want is a reminder about the likeliness of a U-turn. No ticket kiosk of...
    July 11, 2016
  • Ruled by Love
    Fr. John Henry Hanson, O.Praem.
    March 14, 2016
    Falling short in the most important area of Christian life, that of loving God and our neighbor for His sake, is enough of a daily stumbling block to merit Blessed John Henry Newman’s focus in a ser...
    March 14, 2016
  • The Mystery of Godliness
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 24, 2015
    Tonight we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord. "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." The Incarnation is the great mystery that reveals God's wonderful love for mankind. In this sermon from ...
    December 24, 2015
  • Reverence, a Belief in God's Presence
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 13, 2015
    We have very sadly gotten almost accustomed to saying God's name in vain or hearing others do so. There is little reverence in the way people dress and behave at church. There is a loss of the sense o...
    December 13, 2015
  • Worship, a Preparation for Christ's Coming
    Fr. Juan Velez
    November 29, 2015
    Blessed John Henry Newman helps us to begin the season of Advent with a sermon titled "Worship, a Preparation for Christ's Coming." He opens with the words of Scripture: "Thine eyes shall see th...
    November 29, 2015
  • The Praise of Men (continued)
    Fr. Juan Velez
    November 8, 2015
    In the sermon The Praise of Men, after indicating that ridicule is a powerful weapon used by the devil, Blessed John Henry Newman describes a case in which it is the cause of much pain: when a pers...
    November 8, 2015
  • The Wisdom of Youth
    Fr. John Henry Hanson, O.Praem.
    October 23, 2015
    The Wisdom of Youth by Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem Blessed are they who give the flower of their days, and their strength of soul and body to Him; blessed are they who in their youth turn t...
    October 23, 2015
  • A Matter of Life and Death - Cardinal Newman
    Fr. John Henry Hanson, O.Praem.
    July 22, 2015
    A Matter of Life and Death  by Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. When Moses set before the Israelites a choice between life and death, a blessing and a curse, he wasn’t simply issuing an ultimatu...
    July 22, 2015
  • Chrysostom's Spiritual Renewal ~ Cardinal Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    July 4, 2015
    What was the secret of St. John Chrysostom's success as a leader and reformer? The spiritual leaders of a city or society inspire the moral lives of their citizens. They understand well people's ne...
    July 4, 2015
  • St. Philip, Reform with Humility and Charity
    Fr. Juan Velez
    June 19, 2015
    St. Philip owed a great deal to St. Ignatius, telling one of the latter's disciples that he had learned how to do "mental prayer" from St. Ignatius. He even considered being admitted to his Society of...
    June 19, 2015
  • St. Philip, A Different Type of Refomer
    Fr. Juan Velez
    June 11, 2015
    St. Philip, A Different Type of Reformer Who was Philip Neri and what were the important stages in his formation? Having recounted the life of  Savonarola, and referring to God's appearance to ...
    June 11, 2015
  • Religious Reformers, Girolamo Savonarola and St. Philip Neri ~ Cardinal Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    June 3, 2015
    Moral and religious decadence evokes spiritual reforms, and these require spokesmen, people who in the first place embody the life that they preach. St. Philip Neri would be such an agent for such a s...
    June 3, 2015
  • St. Philip Neri, the Apostle of Rome ~ Cardinal Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    May 27, 2015
    Today the Church honors a great saint, Philip Neri (Filippo di Neri), who countered the decadent culture of his time with humility, charity and truthfulness. Philip (July 21, 1515 – May 25, 1595), w...
    May 27, 2015
  • Embracing the Cross ~ Cardinal Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    April 2, 2015
    Christ died on the Cross. But did he fail? Was he truly who he said he was? Jesus Christ laid down his life freely. He had said about his life: "I have power to lay it down, and I have power to ta...
    April 2, 2015
  • Christ, the Son of God made Man, Part III ~ Cardinal Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    March 13, 2015
    We return once more to Newman's Sermon "Christ, the Son of God made Man" which explains the meaning of the Scripture passage: "Christ being come, an High Priest of good things to come, by a greater an...
    March 13, 2015
  • Christ, the Son of God, part 2, Cardinal Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    March 3, 2015
    In the season of Lent we prepare for the celebration of the mystery of Christ's Passion and Death and Resurrection. The events of Christ's Baptism and Temptations in the desert, and of his Transfigura...
    March 3, 2015
  • Christ, the Son of God ~ Cardinal Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    February 23, 2015
    On the First Sunday of Lent we reflect on Christ's Temptations in the desert. Jesus was tempted by Satan and conquered over him. As St. Augustine wrote: in Christ we were tempted because he had our fl...
    February 23, 2015
  • Jesus, the Son of Man ~ Cardinal Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 23, 2014
    As we prepare to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ we have before us a text from the Letter to the Hebrews and some comments by Bl. John Henry Newman. "Both He that sanctifieth and th...
    December 23, 2014
  • The Cross of Christ the Measure of the World ~ Cardinal Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    April 18, 2014
    John Henry Newman preached the sermon The Cross of Christ the Measure of the World on April 9, 1841 (Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol 6). In this sermon preached on a Fifth Sunday of Lent he offers a ...
    April 18, 2014
  • The Incarnation ~ Cardinal Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 26, 2013
    Today is Christmas day. In his Parochial and Plain Sermons Blessed John Henry Newman preached a sermon on the Incarnation reflecting on St. John's text: "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." ...
    December 26, 2013
  • Cardinal Newman’s Ideas on Children’s Religious Formation
    Fr. Juan Velez
    July 23, 2013
    Boys and girls are like soft sponges that absorb all the water around them. They acquire piety and virtue or vice depending on the influence they receive at home, school and church. Children learn and...
    July 23, 2013
  • The Cross of Christ, the Measure of the World ~ Card. Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    March 30, 2013
    The Cross of Christ, the Measure of the World Parochial and Plane Sermons, Vol. 6 In this sermon Blessed John Henry Newman counsels us to take a deeper look at the world and the meaning of life,...
    March 30, 2013
  • The Christian Character ~ Card. Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 25, 2012
    Equanimity, Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol 5. Following a sermon for Advent, exhorting Christians to self-examination and watchfulness for Christ's second coming, Newman comments in a sermon for...
    December 25, 2012
  • Unreal Words ~ Cardinal Newman
    Fr. Juan Velez
    December 17, 2012
    In one of his Parochial and Plain Sermons for Advent John Henry Newman speaks on the need for sincerity in one's religious professions as well as the need to avoid idle professions. He reminds us h...
    December 17, 2012
  • According to Newman Christ is present to us in the Sacrament and in our hearts
    Fr. Juan Velez
    April 14, 2012
    Newman writes that Jesus appeared to St. John as is related in the book of Revelation and to St. Paul in Corinth and Jerusalem in visions, but "These appearances were not an actual presence of Christ...
    April 14, 2012
  • Newman comments on Christ's presence to men
    Fr. Juan Velez
    April 11, 2012
    Newman realizes that Christ's presence in Christians and in his Church is mysterious, but based on Christ's promise believes that it is a real presence. "Through the Holy Ghost we have communion with...
    April 11, 2012
  • The Spiritual Presence of Christ in the Church
    Fr. Juan Velez
    April 9, 2012
    In this Easter sermon Newman explores the paradox of Christ's presence and simultaneous absence from the world. Christ leaves us as far as a visible presence, but promises to remain with us and his Ch...
    April 9, 2012