Fr. Juan R. Velez
John Henry Newman (1801–1890), a pre-eminent English intellectual
and convert to Catholicism, was brought up in a low Church Anglican
home where his grandmother and an aunt first nurtured his love for
the Bible. At the age of 15, after a short period of entertaining
religious doubts, he had a first conversion to Evangelical
Christianity. For a few years he was influenced in his piety and
biblical reading by evangelical authors, and later in the sacramental
and ecclesial life by Anglican theologians. Then in 1845, through the
study of the Church Fathers, he came to a profound understanding of
authentic development of doctrine, in particular the exercise of the
Pope’s office; it was then that he became Roman Catholic.
lived during a period similar to ours: one of economic and
technological progress that was accompanied by an embrace of
materialism and a subsequent loss of faith and moral breakdown.
Newman’s writings challenge us, contemporary men and women, living
in a world beset by these similar ills.
writings on the subject of holiness, the practice of the Christian
virtues, the objective nature of truth and its relationship to the
moral conscience, university education, and the role of the laity in
society and the Church are very much needed today. Individuals,
parish groups, and students at Newman Centers will benefit and learn
from Blessed Newman’s life example, insights, and teachings found
in this book.”
by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, his canonization is imminent.
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