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Words of John Henry Newman in the run-up to his canonisation

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    This is poem by Cardinal Newman called “The Pillar and the Cloud” , but which we probably know better as the hymn "Lead Kindly Light ".

    As a young priest, Newman became sick while in Italy and was unable to travel for almost three weeks. In his own words :" Before starting from my inn, I sat down on my bed and began to sob bitterly. My servant, who had acted as my nurse, asked what ailed me. I could only answer, “I have a work to do in England .” I was aching to get home, yet for want of a vessel I was kept at Palermo for three weeks. I began to visit the churches, and they calmed my impatience, though I did not attend any services. At last I got off in an orange boat, bound for Marseilles . We were becalmed for whole week in the Straits of Bonifacio , and it was there that I wrote the lines, Lead, Kindly Light , which have since become so well known. "

    Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th’encircling gloom,
    Lead Thou me on !
    The night is dark, and I am far from home,
    Lead Thou me on !
    Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
    The distant scene; one step enough for me.

    I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
    Shouldst lead me on;
    I loved to choose and see my path; but now
    Lead Thou me on !
    I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
    Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years !

    So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
    Will lead me on.
    O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
    The night is gone,
    And with the morn those angel faces smile,
    Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile !

    Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
    Thyself hast trod,
    Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith,
    Home to my God.
    To rest forever after earthly strife
    In the calm light of everlasting life.
     
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    “I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold, and what they do not, who know their creed so well, that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it.”
     
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    Extract from A PARTICULAR PROVIDENCE AS REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL


    " He “calls thee by thy name.” He sees thee, and understands thee, as He made thee. He knows what is in thee, all thy own peculiar feelings and thoughts, thy dispositions and likings, thy strength and thy weakness. He views thee in thy day of rejoicing, and thy day of sorrow. He sympathizes in thy hopes and thy temptations. He interests Himself in all thy anxieties and remembrances, all the risings and fallings of thy spirit. He has numbered the very hairs of thy head and the cubits of thy stature. He compasses thee round and bears thee in His arms; He takes thee up and sets thee down. He notes thy very countenance, whether smiling or in tears, whether healthful or sickly. He looks tenderly upon thy hands and thy feet; He hears thy voice, the beating of thy heart, and thy very breathing.

    " Thou dost not love thyself better than He loves thee. Thou canst not shrink from pain more than He dislikes thy bearing it; and if He puts it on thee, it is as thou wilt put it on thyself, if thou art wise, for a greater good afterwards. Thou art not only His creature (though for the very sparrows He has a care, and pitied the “much cattle” of Nineveh), thou art man redeemed and sanctified, His adopted son, favoured with a portion of that glory and blessedness which flows from Him everlastingly unto the Only-begotten. Thou art chosen to be His, even above thy fellows who dwell in the East and South. Thou wast one of those for whom Christ offered up His last prayer, and sealed it with His precious blood. "
     
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    “Animals have done us no harm and they have no power of resistance. There is something so very dreadful in tormenting those who have never harmed us, who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power.”
    ― Cardinal John Henry Newman
     
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    " GOD has created all things for good; all things for their greatest good; everything for its own good. What is the good of one is not the good of another; what makes one man happy would make another unhappy. God has determined, unless I interfere with His plan, that I should reach that which will be my greatest happiness. He looks on me individually, He calls me by my name, He knows what I can do, what I can best be, what is my greatest happiness, and He means to give it me.

    " God knows what is my greatest happiness, but I do not. There is no rule about what is happy and good; what suits one would not suit another. And the ways by which perfection is reached vary very much; the medicines necessary for our souls are very different from each other. Thus God leads us by {300} strange ways; we know He wills our happiness, but we neither know what our happiness is, nor the way. We are blind; left to ourselves we should take the wrong way; we must leave it to Him.

    " Let us put ourselves into His hands, and not be startled though He leads us by a strange way, a mirabilis via, as the Church speaks. Let us be sure He will lead us right, that He will bring us to that which is, not indeed what we think best, nor what is best for another, but what is best for us.

    " O, my God, I will put myself without reserve into Thy hands. Wealth or woe, joy or sorrow, friends or bereavement, honour or humiliation, good report or ill report, comfort or discomfort, Thy presence or the hiding of Thy countenance, all is good if it comes from Thee. Thou art wisdom and Thou art love—what can I desire more? Thou hast led me in Thy counsel, and with glory hast Thou received me. What have I in heaven, and apart from Thee what want I upon earth? My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the God of my heart, and my portion for ever. "
     
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    The Dream of Gerontius .

    A poem by John Henry Newman put to music by Edward Elgar .


     
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    " It is then the duty and the privilege of all disciples of our glorified Saviour, to be exalted and transfigured with Him; to live in heaven in their thoughts, motives, aims, desires, likings, prayers, praises, intercessions, even while they are in the flesh; to look like other men, to be busy like other men, to be passed over in the crowd of men, or even to be scorned or oppressed, as other men may be, but the while to have a secret channel of communication with the Most High, a gift the world knows not of; to have their life hid with Christ in God. "
     
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    The words of the hymn Praise To The Holiest In The Height are from John Henry Newman's poem The Dream of Gerontius .



     
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    Sensitiveness by John Henry Newman

    Time was, I shrank from what was right,
    From fear of what was wrong;
    I would not brave the sacred fight,
    Because the foe was strong.
    But now I cast that finer sense
    And sorer shame aside;
    Such dread of sin was indolence,
    Such aim at heaven was pride.
    So, when my Saviour calls, I rise,
    And calmly do my best;
    Leaving to Him, with silent eyes
    Of hope and fear, the rest.
    I step, I mount where He has led;
    Men count my haltings o’er;—
    I know them; yet, though self I dread,
    I love his precept more.
     
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    Warnings by John Henry Newman

    When Heaven sends sorrow,
    Warnings go first,
    Lest it should burst
    With stunning might
    On souls too bright
    To fear the morrow.

    Can science bear us
    To the hid springs
    Of human things?
    Why may not dream,
    Or thought’s day-gleam,
    Startle, yet cheer us?

    Are such thoughts fetters,
    While Faith disowns
    Dread of earth’s tones,
    Reeks but Heaven’s call,
    And on the wall
    Reads but Heaven’s letters?
     
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