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Belong 19:29  +  Oct. 25, 2019

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Canonization ceremony Oct. 2019

We’re highlighting one of our newest Catholic saints:  John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) was canonized in Rome, along with four others, all women this month:  

  • Sister Mariam Thresia of India is the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family.
  • Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini is the founder of the Daughters of Saint Camillus.
  • Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God.
  • Marguerite Bays of Switzerland, of the Third Order of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Here is the homily of Pope Francis, link.

Now we may call on St. John Newman for his intercession in prayer –this great soul, whose sanctity has been recognized by evident miracles of his intercession, after we all have benefited for more than a century from his intellect and scholarship.

Newman believed and was able to set forth and explain with great eloquence the central role of Christ in all reality — especially in the reality of the human soul. He understood that man in this natural world (this “mother earth”) is not fully at home, that we are born for another, higher world which is beyond this biosphere — which yet must be tended, as a good steward tends his master’s vineyard.

Newman understood  that man in this world is “lost in the cosmos” (whether in cities, in endless suburbs, or in jungles) without a savior — a savior who is a person, not a principle, not an ideology, not a philosophy, to forgive him for his passions, excesses, weaknesses, sins, to be meaning (logos) to him, yesterday, today, forever. Newman discovered Christ, or perhaps better, Christ led Newman to discover Him, and Newman was thenceforth faithful, to the end.

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Bishop Barron—Catholicism: The Pivotal Players. St. John Henry Newman. Click on> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSJviI29C2w

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My Mission in Life: 

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

~St. John Henry Newman

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Prayer by St. John Henry Newman

May the Lord support us all the day long, Till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.

Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging, and holy rest, and peace at the last.

 Amen.


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