cardinal john henry newman

Guardian Angel

My oldest friend, mine from the hour / When first I drew my breath; / My faithful friend, that shall be mine, / Unfailing, till my death;

Thou hast been ever at my side; / My Maker to thy trust / Consign’d my soul, what time He framed / The infant child of dust.

No beating heart in holy prayer, / No faith, inform’d aright, / Gave me to Joseph’s tutelage, / Or Michael’s conquering might.

Nor patron Saint, nor Mary’s love, / The dearest and the best, / Has known my being, as thou hast known, / And blest, as thou hast blest. 

Thou wast my sponsor at the font; / And thou, each budding year, / Didst whisper elements of truth / Into my childish ear.

And when, ere boyhood yet was gone, / My rebel spirit fell, / Ah! thou didst see, and shudder too, / Yet bear each deed of Hell.

And then in turn, when judgments came, / And scared me back again, / Thy quick soft breath was near to soothe / And hallow every pain.

Oh! who of all thy toils and cares / Can tell the tale complete, / To place me under Mary’s smile, / And Peter’s royal feet!

And thou wilt hang about my bed, / When life is ebbing low; / Of doubt, impatience, and of gloom, / The jealous sleepless foe. 

Mine, when I stand before the Judge; / And mine, if spared to stay / Within the golden furnace, till / My sin is burn’d away.

And mine, O Brother of my soul, / When my release shall come; / Thy gentle arms shall lift me then, / Thy wings shall waft me home.

The Oratory. 1853.

Blessed John Henry Newman

Fertile excuses and evasions
Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman

Next I observe that a civilized age is more exposed to subtle sins than a rude age.   Why? For this simple reason- because it is more fertile in excuses and evasions.   It can defend error and hence can blind the eyes of those who have not very careful consciences.   It can make error plausible, it can make vice look like virtue.   It dignifies sin by fine names; it calls avarice proper care of one’s family, or industry, it calls pride independence, it calls ambition greatness of mind;  resentment it calls proper spirit and sense of honour and so on.

…What all of us want more than anything else, what this age wants, is that its intellect and its will should be under a law.   At present it is lawless, its will is its own law, its own reason is the standard of all truth.   It does not bow to authority, it does not submit to the law of faith.   It is wise in its own eyes and it relies on its own resources.   And you, as living in the world, are in danger of being seduced by it and being a partner in its sin and so coming in at the end for its punishment. 

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Quote of the Day – August 22 

“No one has access to the Almighty as His mother has; none has merit such as hers.
Her Son will deny her nothing that she asks; and herein lies her power.
While she defends the Church, neither height nor depth, neither men nor evil spirits, neither great monarchs, nor craft of man, nor popular violence, can avail to harm us; for human life is short
but Mary reigns above, a Queen forever.”

~~~~~ Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman ~~~~~

Dear Jesus

By Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Dear Jesus,

help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go. Flood my soul with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that my life may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul.

Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus! Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.

The light, O Jesus, will be all from you; none of it will be mine. It will be you, shining on others through me. Let me thus praise you in the way which you love best, by shining on those around me. Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you. Amen.