Review: Paraclete Essentials Releases Edition of Newman's "Meditations and Devotions"

In a letter from 1863 to his sister Jemima, John Henry Newman remarked that "a man's life lies in his letters." Equally revealing, perhaps—at least in Newman's case—are the prayers that he composed and recited. While Newman's extensive correspondence with friends and family provide a fascinating glimpse into his closest earthly relationships, his d...
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Saints are Sometimes Literary Men: A Reflection on the Announcement of Newman's Canonization

The news finally arrived today. Ever since it was announced in February that Newman would be canonized, we've been waiting eagerly to learn the details of when and how the ceremony would take place. Now we know: Pope Francis will officially declare Newman a saint at a Mass in Rome on the morning of October 13 th . This date is appropriate, because ...
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The Cry of Repentance Versus the Bitter Cry of Regret

  The Old Testament is not a dead letter, but contains vital truths that Christians need to hear. John Henry Newman makes that abundantly clear in a number of his sermons, including the one ( "Life the Season of Repentance" ) that we read for this week's meeting of the Lenten Series at NINS . In this sermon, Newman looks back to the example of...
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Unlearning Ourselves in Lent: Newman on Fasting

At our first gathering of NINS's Lenten Series , we began with a reflection on Blessed Newman's sermon "Fasting a Source of Trial." This challenging homily gives a sense of just how Christocentric (Christ-centered) so much of Newman's theology is. For Newman, the disciplines of Lent—in this case, fasting—are a way for the Christian to participate m...
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Lent, the Season of Repentance

"As God's co-workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For he says, ' At the acceptable time I have listened to you , and in the day of salvation I helped you.' Behold, now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation." -2 Corinthians 6:1-2 These verses from Saint Paul remind us that there is no better time to repent of our sin...
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Newman's Quest for God: Living the Light of Truth

  A bit of a confession: there may have been some dancing in the offices of the National Institute for Newman Studies (NINS) this morning. This is not a common occurrence at the Institute, but today was a special day, as news reached us from Rome that Pope Francis has approved the canonization of John Henry Newman . For a few months now, the s...
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Francis de Sales the Oratorian

  There is something stirring about seeing two greats from different generations together in the same place. In the world of sports, for instance, some memorable photo-ops have come about this way—say, with a young Lebron James standing next to Bill Russell or with Derek Jeter warming up on the same baseball diamond as Cal Ripken Jr. In the li...
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Neither Death Nor Life: The Story of One Woman’s Trust in God

As news is now reaching us that the Vatican has reportedly approved a second miracle toward the canonization of John Henry Newman, it's worth reflecting on the process that brought us to this point. For several years now, the Pittsburgh Oratorians have been praying that Newman would be raised to the dignity of the altar. When the Oratorians first i...
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