For Holy Week, a series of poems from Keble.
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Passion of Our Lord
We are told of the awful sufferings of Our Lord as an invitation to meditate on them so that we might properly feel our gratitude for what He suffered for us.
In this sermon Newman reminds us of an important and central truth: 'It is the death of the Eternal Word of God made flesh, which is our great lesson how to think and how to speak of this world. His Cross has put its due value upon every thing which we see, upon all fortunes, all advantages, all ranks, all dignities, all pleasures; upon the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.'
Newman was a Calvinist in his youth, and had plenty of experience of 'religious emotion', but in this sermon he suggests that ' that violent impulse is not the same as a firm determination,—that men may have their religious feelings roused, without being on that account at all the more likely to obey God in practice'.