Tuesday, 9 October 2018

# Saints

Blessed John Henry Newman


The 9th of October is the feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman (21 February 1801 – 11 August 1890). He is the patron saint of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman lived between 1801 till 1890. He was the first of six children of Protestant parents in London, England. He loved to read the scriptures as a child, and had a conversion to Christianity when he was 15. He became an Anglican priest and was a very influential Oxford scholar. He led the Oxford movement which argued for the revival of traditional religious practice in the Church of England. As he became more influenced by the Church Fathers and other Catholic writers, he became also more aligned with the Catholic Church and opposed the Anglican doctrine. He then became unable to stay within the Protestant denomination when he studied Church history. In 1845 he converted to Catholicism and experienced much ridicule in the academic and religious fields. He became a Catholic priest 2 years later and was made a Cardinal in 1879. He wrote 40 books and 21000 letters which influenced the Second Vatican Council. He also founded the London Oratory. Apologia is his most famous work where he defends his conversion to the Catholic Church.

Image: Portrait of Newman by
John Everett Millais, 1881

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

December 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, when you come to me, as to a mother, with a pure and open heart, know that I am listening to you, encouraging you, consoling you, and above all, interceding for you with my Son. I know that you desire to have a strong faith and to express it in the right way. What my Son asks of you is to have a sincere, strong and deep faith - then every way in which you express it is proper. Faith is a most wonderful mystery which is kept in the heart. It is between the Heavenly Father and all of His children; it is recognized by the fruits and by the love which one has towards all of God's creatures. Apostles of my love, my children, have trust in my Son. Help all of my children to come to know His love. You are my hope - you who strive to sincerely love my Son. In the name of love, for your salvation, according to the will of the Heavenly Father and through my Son, I am here among you. Apostles of my love, along with prayer and sacrifice, may your hearts be illuminated with the love and the light of my Son. May that light and love illuminate all those whom you meet and bring them back to my Son. I am with you. In a special way, I am alongside your shepherds. With my motherly love I illuminate and encourage them, that with the hands blessed by my Son, they may bless the entire world. Thank you.

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