Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us!


“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.”

John Henry Newman

Feast day, 9th October


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5 Responses to Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us!

  1. A very fine quotation.


  2. johnhenrycn says:

    Marked on my calendar ever since 2009. He forms part of my PIN on this blog (and others) but not my bank account password which is reserved for an Anglican who I also hold in the highest regard.


  3. When walking from Worcester to Compostela in 2008, I passed Oxford on the Thames footpath and came across Littlemore – the place of prayer where Newman converted to the Catholic Church – and I explained to the sisters who run the house that I was walking to Compostela. They suggested I should spend some time in prayer kneeling at Newman’s own prayer desk in his chapel, before the Holy Sacrament and I was there for an hour. Then they asked me to take a holy card of J.H.Newman and place it on the tomb of the Apostle in the Obradoiro in Compostela, which I did on the Feast of St James when I arrived there, and sent the sisters a postcard from Finisterre at the end of my 2500km walk. I have never really known much about Newman – apart from the basics, his role in the Oxford Movement, etc. – but I have never forgotten that hour kneeling at his prayer desk on a pilgrimage of three months and many blessed moments.

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  4. kathleen says:

    A very moving story, Gareth.
    But though I consider myself a hardened walker, having walked the French Camino to Santiago de Compostela and annually making the 105km Chartres pilgrimage, trying to imagine a marathon walk of 2,500km completely boggles my mind!

    Bl. Cardinal JH Newman was such an incredibly prolific writer, I believe most of us would concur that we know only a fraction of his voluminous, inspiring output.

    I went to his beatification Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 and held on the outskirts of Birmingham.

    Card. Newman, this learned and eminent Anglican, whose earnest search for truth finally led him into the Catholic Church, was a prominent witness of faith and integrity for many subsequent converts who all greatly enriched the much marginilised Catholic Church of the 19th century in GB. Yet although Newman’s conversion was made with strong conviction and the peace of mind in knowing he was in the One True Church founded by Christ, he nevertheless still walked a path of many external trials that brought him great loneliness and suffering for the rest of his life.


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