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THROUGH PRAYER, A MAN IS NO LONGER WHAT HE WAS BEFORE

THROUGH PRAYER, A MAN IS NO LONGER WHAT HE WAS BEFORE

I say, then, it is plain common sense that the man who has not accustomed himself to the language of heaven will be no fit inhabitant of it… The case is like that of a language or style of speaking of this world; we know well a foreigner from a native…

[S]o a habit of prayer, the practice of turning to God and the unseen world, in every season, in every place, in every emergency (let alone its supernatural effect of prevailing with God) – prayer, I say, has what may be called a natural effect, in spiritualising and elevating the soul.

A man is no longer what he was before; gradually, imperceptibly to himself, he has imbibed a new set of ideas, and become imbued with fresh principles.

– Bl. John Henry Newman, Moral effects of Communion with God, P. S. IV, 229-30

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2019 in Words of Wisdom

 

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APART FROM YOU, LORD, WHAT DO I WANT ON EARTH?

APART FROM YOU, LORD, WHAT DO I WANT UPON EARTH?

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 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 a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments and serve him in my calling.

Therefore, my God, I will put myself without reserve into your hands. What have I in heaven, and apart from you what do I want upon earth? My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the God of my heart, and my portion for ever. Amen.
– Bl. John Henry Newman

 
 

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“CATHOLICS MUST BE PREPARED TO FACE THE COURTS AND EVEN PRISON IN ORDER TO BEAR WITNESS TO THEIR FAITH”

British Catholics must be prepared to face the courts and even prison in order to bear witness to their faith, the Bishop of Shrewsbury has said. In an interview with the Catholic Herald published this week, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said: “If we are called upon in our generation, our time, to give such witness, even being brought before courts, even facing the prospect of imprisonment…that this is our opportunity to give witness, as the Gospel reminds us, not just for our contemporaries but for generations who will follow us.”

Bishop Davies said that it was difficult to know what the future would hold, especially as it once seemed unthinkable that Catholics would be persecuted in Britain in this day and age. He said: “As a young person, I used to pray for those Christians suffering under totalitarian regimes. It would have been unthinkable to believe that in Britain, during the gentle reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Christians would be brought before the courts for giving witness to their faith.”

He continued: “I remember the words of Blessed John Henry Newman when he foresaw a time coming, a time of infidelity which, he said, would leave such courageous hearts as St Athanasius and St Gregory aghast and dizzy.” Bishop Davies, who has been in his post for just over two years, said that when he met Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, the Pope repeatedly said the word “courage” to him. Bishop Davies recalled: “He stretched out his hand several times, and it was very striking, he was using the word in English – “courage” – repeatedly before all the very evident challenges that we are facing.” But Bishop Davies said that he was not naturally courageous himself. He said: “Perhaps that’s what the Pope saw! But he was speaking very clearly of a supernatural courage, which he had spoken of elsewhere, particularly required by bishops, that they need that supernatural courage to carry out their mission. I think what has helped me most of all in that is a sense of eternity and my own mortality.”

In the interview the Bishop of Shrewsbury emphasised the importance of the sacraments, particularly Confession and regular Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He said that in order to sustain his daily routine as a bishop “the essential is prayer and giving that generous time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.” He said: “I seek to spend an hour each day as foundational to my whole day. The most important meeting is before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and to be able to bring everything to Him, so that I can have some effectiveness in what I seek to do.”

[ In answer to the question: “Is your sense that this time that John Henry Newman spoke about is imminent?” he said: ] “I think it is the dramatic moment that we are living through now. Now, of course Blessed John XXIII reminded the fathers of the Second Vatican Council of this: every stage of the Church’s journey, of our history, has been a dramatic moment. But Blessed John Paul II said as we came into this new millenium that he saw a new spiritual crisis taking shape which would either lead towards a new barbarism or to a new springtime of hope, following what he called the ‘century of tears’, the 20th century. I think that Cardinal Pell was recently speaking about this at the synod: the drama of our time which is caught between hope and fear, the supernatural struggle that we are engaged in. I think that we have to be attentive to the drama of our own time.”
– The above are excerpts from an article published in the Catholic Herald, December 23, 2012

 
 

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