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.”