cardinal john henry newman

It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say he is one who never inflicts pain. […] From a long-sighted prudence, he observes the maxim of ancient sage, that we should ever conduct ourselves towards our enemy as if he were one day to be our friend. He has too much good sense to be affronted at insults […]. He is patient, forbearing, and resigned, on philosophical principles; he submits to pain, because it is inevitable, to bereavement because it is irreparable, and to death, because it is his destiny. If he engages in controversy of any kind, his disciplined intellect preserves him from the blunder.
—  John Henry Cardinal Newman in a treatise on university education for Roman Catholics
The Saints on Purity
  • <b> St. Josemaria Escriva:</b> Many live like angels in the middle of the world. You, . . . why not you?<p><b>Saint John Paul II:</b> Only the chaste man and the chaste woman are capable of truelove. <p><b>John Henry Cardinal Newman:</b> Purity prepares the soul for love, and love confirms the soul in purity<p><b>Bl. Mother Teresa:</b> To be pure, to remain pure, can only come at a price, the price of knowing God and loving him enough to do his will. He will always give us the strength we need to keep purity as something as beautiful for him.<p><b>Saint John Paul II:</b> Deep within yourself, listen to your conscience, which calls you to be pure . . . a home is not warmed by the fire of pleasure, which burns quickly like a pile of withered grass. Passing encounters are only a caricature of love; they injure hearts and mock God’s plan<p>

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 ~~~~~

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

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.