NEWMAN - THE HEART OF HOLINESS

By Roderick Strange
Product Code: 103585 ISBN No:9781529362619 Out of Stock
Format:  Hardback
Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 19 Sept 2019
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Newman:The Heart of Holiness looks at the model of holiness Newman offers us to us all, on the occasion of his canonisation, a moment the Church recognises officially that Newman offers a model of holiness that is relevant for the Universal Church.

Newman himself, in fact, said, 'I have nothing of the saint about me'. The Church, however, has decided otherwise and in October this year Blessed John Henry Newman, poet, tractarian, academic, former Anglican, Catholic convert and Cardinal will be canonised by Pope Francis.
In this book, Roderick Strange brings his own lifetime of learning and studying of Newman together with newer material that has come to light since the beatification to offer a portrait of Newman's interior life. That is, his intimacy with God and his understanding of Christ, which led him to rejoice in the gift of the Eucharist, and he explores how Newman's interior life had its outworking in his pastoral ministry serving others.

This understanding of Newman's spirituality and legacy, suggests the author, might offer us an apologia for our own times, one in which we realise the connection between the sacred and the secular, one in which our faith can sustain us through the inevitable troubles of life, and in which we can cultivate a perceptiveness peculiar to faith, a perceptiveness that helps us recognise the gifts of the Spirit we have received as people who 'watch for Christ'.

This book, therefore, is an attempt to peel back the layers of Newman's spirituality so as to explore respectfully the heart of his holiness.

 

ENDORSEMENTS

"Here is a book which takes us to the heart of this newly proclaimed Saint of the Church. It explores Newman’s understanding of the meeting between the seen and the unseen world, a meeting uniquely disclosed, in all its astonishing power and depth, in the person of Jesus Christ. This book is most welcome.” 
– Cardinal Vincent Nichols

"Cardinal Newman is a hero to many in the Catholic Church. Like other such widely adm ired individuals, he therefore requires a biographer of exceptional good judgement, profound common sense, and wide erudition. He has found him the Roderick Strange.”
– Peter Standford

"A fine, and beautifully nuanced study of Newman, which demonstrates Newman’s capacity to speak to seekers after holiness and truth far beyond the Catholic Church”
 Dr Judith Champ

 

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