JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, whose life spanned most of the nineteenth century—1801-90—was and remains a fascinating character. Much of his charm is found in his remarkable talent for friendship, and his great influence on both Protestants and Catholics arose from his ability to collect around him talented men who influenced his thinking, and vice versa. It’s a power he still wields through his writings, which bring his person to life in the mind of the reader. Muriel Spark, an eminent poet and novelist of a generation ago, said that he was more alive to her than many of her contemporaries and,
A blessed Sunday to all our readers, on which we always commemorate Christ’s resurrection and triumph over decay and destruction, trampling death for all eternity. The readings speak of the cleansing of the lepers, Naaman, by the prophet Elisha, and the ten, by Christ Himself. All for doing something simple – like asking – and all they must do in return, is to give thanks and praise to God.
Fitting, then, that we celebrate and offer our own gratitude for the canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman this morning in Rome, man who who carried his own burdens, a melancholic disposition,
HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS