A well-educated laity and a well-educated priesthood were, Newman believed, the best guards against the dangers he foresaw.
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In one of the most prophetic passages of this sermon from 1873, Newman warns of the dangers of a world grown irreligious.
Here, Newman foresees the rise of infidelity.
Foreseeing the growth of the Church, Newman warns of the the dangers that will follow from those in the world who fear it.
Although the schisms from the Church have caused harm. that, says Newman, is as nothing to what he sees coming.
This is the first of a series of extracts from a prophetic sermon delivered by Newman in 1873.
Today is the feast day of St Thomas Becket.
Newman's comments on the unity of the Church are well pondering - not least in the times we find ourselves enduring.
Reason has its place, but has sought to usurp that of authority.
In Tract XC, Newman outlines what authority can validate Christian belief.
This 'Seattle declaration' from 2004 shows Our Lady helping us towards a better understanding between Roman Catholics and Anglicans
Tradition is the life of the Church. Keble, like Pusey and Newman, believed that the Bible could only be approached with the proper spirit of reverence when it as approached not through our fallen intellect alone, but with the eyes of the ancient and undivided Church for which the texts were written and by which they were canonised.
The Church is the channel through which Grace reaches us.
In this second extract from the 1849 sermon at the opening of the London Oratory, Newman underlines why mission matters, nay, why it is all-important.
At the opening of the London Oratory in 1849, Newman preached on the prospects facing the Catholic Missioner.
Then, as now, a want of faith, not just in the sense of not believing in the Church, bit not believing in its possibility, was the main obstacle to belief. We pray that the Spirit comes.
Faith is more than a general feeling that one believes in some sort of God.
In Newman's time, as now, there was a fashion to downplay dogma and doctrine and exalt emotion. This is a good warning against that temptation.
All Christians have a duty to guard the faith, but there is one class of men upon whom this duty falls preeminently. We should pray for them, and for all who carry on the Great Commission.
The Trinity is at the heart of our faith.