October 2013


Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual head of the Anglican Church, has put out a very nice video summary that is promoted as a discussion of the baptism of Prince George, but ultimately, is a wonderful statement on baptism in general.  Please take a few minutes to watch, and enjoy!

”God’s love is offered without qualification, without price, without cost to all people in all circumstances always…For you Jesus Christ came into the world. For you he lived and showed God’s love. For you he suffered the darkness of Calvary and cried at the last, ‘It is accomplished.’ For you he triumphed over death and rose to new life. For you he reigns at God’s right hand. All this he did for you, though you do not know it yet.”

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jh 1Today marks the Feast Day honoring the memory of John Henry Newman (2/21/1801 – 8/11/1890).  Originally an Anglican Priest, Cardinal Newman was a leader in the Oxford Movement, which sought to restore many Catholic traditions to the Church of England.  He eventually converted to Catholicism, and became a Cardinal.  He has been beatified by the Catholic Church, and requires one more miracle to be considered for the Sainthood.  Take some time to enjoy some of his thoughts below, and visit  the site for the National Institute for Newman Studies, where you can read his complete works online.

“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 never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes, as necessary in my place as an Archangel in his—if, indeed, I fail, He can raise another, as He could make the stones children of Abraham. Yet I have a part in this great work; 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 an angel of peace, 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 I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it; He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—still He knows what He is about.

“Adonai, O Ruler of Israel, Thou that guidest Joseph like a flock, O Emmanuel, O Sapientia, I give myself to Thee. I trust Thee wholly. Thou art wiser than I—more loving to me than I myself. Deign to fulfil Thy high purposes in me whatever they be—work in and through me. I am born to serve Thee, to be Thine, to be Thy instrument. Let me be Thy blind instrument. I ask not to see—I ask not to know—I ask simply to be used.”

Meditations on Christian Doctrine

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Recently installed mosaic of Cardinal Newman
Westminster Cathedral
Central London