“Twelve Ways of Looking at a Saint”: Review of "A Human Harp of Many Chords"

 Austin Walker is the Assistant Director at the Lumen Christi Institute, and he is preparing a dissertation on Newman's political philosophy at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought. Recently, a friend and I realized over a beer that we did not know what a good confession looked like. We had seen good (and bad) Masses; we had...
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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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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 sta...
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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 lif...
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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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Reflections for Advent - Lesson VII: (Emmanuel: God with Us)

Based on the Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman  ​Antiphon: (O Emmanuel) O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the gatherer of the people and their Saviour: come Thou to save us, O Lord our God. Scripture: Again the Lord spoke to A'haz, "Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven." But A'haz said, "I will n...
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Reflections for Advent - Lesson VI: (Rex gentium: King of the Nations/King of the Gentiles)

Based on the Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman  ​Antiphon (O Rex gentium) O King and the Desire of all nations, and chief Corner-stone, who makest two to be one: come Thou and save man whom Thou formedst from the clay. Scripture: Therefore, remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by what is calle...
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Reflections for Advent - Lesson V: (Oriens: Radiant Dawn/Dayspring)

Based on the Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman  ​Antiphon (O Oriens) O Rising Brightness of the Everlasting Light and Sun of Righteousness: come Thou and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. (Newman, Tracts, vol. III) Scripture: "For behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all ...
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Reflections for Advent - Lesson IV: (Clavis David: Key of David)

Based on the Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman  ​Antiphon: (O Clavis David) O Key of David and Sceptre of the house of Israel, who openest and none shutteth, who shuttest and none openeth: come Thou, and bring forth the captive from the house of bondage, who sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death. (Newman, Tracts, vol. III) Sc...
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Reflections for Advent - Lesson III: (Radix Jesse: Root of Jesse)

Based on the Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman  ​Antiphon: (O Radix) O Root of Jesse, who art placed for a sign of the people, before whom kings shall shut their mouths, whom the Gentiles shall supplicate: come Thou to deliver us, do not tarry. (Newman, Tracts, vol. III) Scripture: Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcome...
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Reflections for Advent - Lesson II: (Adonai: Lord of Israel)

Based on the Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman  Antiphon: (O Adonai) O Lord, and Ruler of the House of Israel, who appearedst unto Moses in the flame of a burning bush, and gavest to him the Law in Sinai: Come to redeem us with a stretched out arm. (Newman, Tracts, vol. III) Scripture: The Lord said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mou...
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Reflections for Advent - Lesson I: (Sapientia: Wisdom)

Based on the Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman  Antiphon (O Sapientia) O eternal Wisdom, which proceedest from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end of creation unto the other, mightily and harmoniously disposing all things, come Thou to teach us the way of understanding. (Newman, Tracts, vol. III) Scripture: Wisdom will p...
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Advent Morning of Recollection

The Great Antiphons,the Heralds of Christmas Join us as we reflect on the great O Antiphons of Advent through the lens of Bl. John Henry Newman's spiritual writings. The popular hymn, "O Come O Come Emmanuel," incorporates the O Antiphons into the verses of the hymn and is sung abundantly in Christian Churches during the season of Advent. Utilizing...
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