Monday, September 13, 2010

Two Items Related to Cardinal Newman

The first item I wish to mention is that Baronius Press has announced a timely release recently with the imminent republication of the Meditations and Devotions of John Henry Cardinal Newman. From the publisher's website:

John Henry Cardinal Newman was a man of prayer and this book contains the culmination of his prayers and devotions, divided into three sections.

The first and second parts contain the vocal prayers he wrote for public use, the litanies – the Stations of the Cross and short meditations. The long meditations in the third part of the book are intended for private use, which draw one into a deeper sense of intimacy with Our Lord.

The prayers are also a testament to his particular devotion to Our Lady with moving commentaries on her several titles from the Litany of Loreto. These are tender and profound, yet without any trace of sentimentality.

Newman’s meditations are full of doctrine. Doctrine is the expression of Truth, and above all things, Newman longed to bear witness to the Truth. It is from the Scriptures, the Church Fathers and the living Church that Newman drew his doctrine, and in his meditations he made it his own.

The book is available for pre-ordering at $34.94 USD and will be published in a 4"x 6" flexible brown leather cover.

For those who already have a devotion to the soon to be beatified Newman, this would be an excellent complement to your devotion; for those for whom this devotion is only in its infancy, this, along with the other writings of the Cardinal of course, would be something to consider for your library.

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The second item which I wish to mention is the following video which was put out by Salt and Light Television in Canada and by Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., the CEO of the same.

The video, which comes in anticipation of the beatification, gives a good, brief summary of Newman's life, journey to the Church and pursuits. For those of you who do not yet know who Cardinal Newman was, this can serve as a good primer.

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