Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Blessed John Henry Newman

Blessed John Henry Newman - pray for us.

Out of Catholic.net

UK Jubilant Over Cardinal Newman's Beatification

By Edward Pentin BIRMINGHAM, England, SEPT. 19, 2010 - A rainbow appeared over Cofton Park as Pope Benedict arrived this morning for the beatification Mass of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the 19th century English theologian who has had a significant influence on the Holy Father's own life.

Large numbers of faithful from all over the country and further afield had braved the rain and made their way from the very early hours of the morning to the venue near Birmingham, not far from Cardinal Newman's resting place in Rednal.

This was a particularly special beatification Mass: not only was it the only such Mass celebrated by Benedict XVI, but it was also the first beatification of an Englishman for centuries.

The Holy Father arrived in the popemobile and, as in Glasgow on Thursday, was driven through a crowd of around 70,000 jubilant pilgrims. On either side of the purpose-built altar were the words 'Heart Speaks to Heart', the theme chosen by the Pope for the papal visit, and taken from the crest of Cardinal Newman.

As well as bishops of England, Wales and Scotland, members of the royal family and government figures were also in attendance. So, too, were relatives of Cardinal Newman -- descendants of his cousin -- and Deacon Jack Sullivan whose miraculous healing of a back problem was last year attributed to Cardinal Newman's intercession. The ruling led to today's beatification, ending a cause which has been investigated since 1958.

In his homily, the Holy Father praised the theologian's spirituality and holiness. He singled out his vision for education that was "firmly opposed to any reductive or utilitarian approach" and highlighted Blessed John Henry's famous appeal for an intelligent and well-instructed laity. But he also reflected on his life as a priest, recalling his "profoundly human vision of priestly ministry" that manifested itself in the oratory he founded, his visits to the sick, his comfort of the bereaved and care for those in prison.

"'Heart speaks to heart' gives us an insight into his understanding of the Christian life as a call to holiness, as experienced as the profound desire of the human heart to enter into intimate communion with the Heart of God," the Holy Father said. "He reminds us that faithfulness to prayer gradually transforms us into the divine likeness."

Read the rest of the article HERE

Pope Benedict's Homily HERE

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