Newman, Lent, and Popular Culture?

 One of the great challenges in Newman scholarship today has to do with making Newman's work more applicable for members of the younger generations, many of whom have never been exposed to his thought and writings. Considering the extensive nature of Newman's work, its influence on the Christian faith and society as a whole, and the fact that ...
Continue reading
  161 Hits

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...
Continue reading
  195 Hits

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...
Continue reading
  412 Hits

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...
Continue reading
  739 Hits

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...
Continue reading
  359 Hits