O HAPPY SAINT

This Sunday morning (13 October) the brilliant yet modest priest, John Henry Newman will become – what he always was – a SAINT.  Which is to say that the Bishop of Rome, Francis, will officially “raise” Blessed Cardinal Newman “to the Altar.”  Newman profoundly shook the English Church world by his conversion to the Roman Church in 1845.  There are some wonderful pieces (short and long) available at the You Tube channel of Bishop Robert Barron which help explain the importance of this holy man.    https://www.youtube.com/user/wordonfirevideo/videos

Here is the Jesus Prayer attributed to Newman:

“Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance wherever I go.  Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.  Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that my life may only be a radiance of Yours. / Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul.  Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus! / Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.  The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine.  It will be You, shining on others through me. / Let me praise You in the way which You love best, by shining on those around me.  Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for You. Amen.”

While hardly brief, this prayer radiates a holiness we should aspire to.  With that hanging participle, we leave you to look up the Newman link we shared above !

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