Unlearning the Love of This World: Newman's Sermons as Spiritual Reading during Lent

 If you are anything like me, you have on at least one occasion squandered the holy season of Lent. The Church has established such times on the liturgical calendar so that we might enter more deeply into the mysteries of Christ's life. Experiencing the full spiritual benefit of the Church's sacred seasons, however, does not occur passively; i...
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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 ...
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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 Esa...
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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 my...
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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 sins ...
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A Lenten Journey through Newman's Sermons

Register "So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after preaching to others I myself should not be disqualified" (1 Cor. 9:26–27). Since the earliest years of Church history, Christians have practiced various forms of ascetical discipline for the sake of strengthening their spi...
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