Blessed John Henry Newman

by Thomas More College on September 19, 2010

Homily
Twenty-fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time
September 19, 2010
+Blessed John Henry Newman

The journey of John Henry Newman to the truth and to the Catholic Faith was a long and arduous one.  For several years, Newman had undertaken a study of the Father of the church and, as a result, came to realize that the fullness of truth was to be found in the Roman Catholic Church and so he became a Catholic.  A short time later, he went to Rome and, having completed his studies, was ordained a priest.

This decision carried with it numerous personal sufferings and deprivations.  His family and friends turned away from him and he was dismissed from his position at Oxford.

Today marks a milestone in that journey which Newman made all those many years ago.  Precisely this morning, 19 September, in the English City of Burmingham at Cofton Park, our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, raised John Henry Cardinal Newman to the altars with the title of Blessed.

Newman’s example speaks to us today when so many of our contemporaries are on that very same journey seeking the truth about God, themselves and the world around them.

May we learn from the life and example of this great English Confessor of the Faith to love and to cherish that Truth and be willing to make whatever sacrifices are necessary to possess and to life It.

Cardinal Newman came to know that this Truth is, in fact, a Person, Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.  He who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.

Amen.

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