Will and Obedience — NEWMAN LECTURES

PORTRAIT OF ENGLISH CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMANA reminder to us all which we should heed.

“If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”John xiii. 17

THERE never was a people or an age to which these words could be more suitably addressed than to this country at this time; because we know more of the way to serve God, of our duties, our privileges, and our reward, than any other people hitherto, as far as we have the means of judging. To us then especially our Saviour says, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”

Now, doubtless, many of us think we know this very well. It seems a very trite thing to say, that it is nothing to know what is right, unless we do it; an old subject about which nothing new can be said. When we read such passages in Scripture, we pass over them as admitting them without dispute; and thus we contrive practically to forget them. Knowledge is nothing compared with doing; but the knowing that knowledge is nothing, we make to be something, we make it count, and thus we cheat ourselves.

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3 Responses to Will and Obedience — NEWMAN LECTURES

  1. the unit says:

    Where would I read such fine thought, ideas, and commentary by a blogmaster, unless here?
    I know the “reason for the season”, but because of my funny way of laughing…
    I still won’t hand over my car keys to “the won.” Or ask for help to my difficult reaching efforts.

    Most seriously however, I get and receive the message and will “do.” Not thinking that works will get me a “bail out” when judgment comes and is done. There will be no “stimulant” required from any Congress to usher one to what’s next. No Emergency Eternal Life Stabilization Act of _ _ _ _, or whenever. Serious, but still have to 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      I’s sort of a hard messag but, Newman was like that. I agree with you all the way through here.

      And Thanks blushes 🙂

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  2. Indeed so much has been written about John Henry Newman, almost ad nauseam in our time, and since of course his Catholic beatification (Venerable) 19 Sept. 2010! A profound thinker surely, but much less a biblical exegete. My favorite bio of Newman, is still Maise Ward’s: ‘Young Mr. Newman’, which includes the early Newman, and which looks at his diary and family letters. My copy is a first, (New York, Sheed & Ward, 1948). And may we never forget Newman was an Anglican for many years! See too btw, the two volumes of: The Anglican Career of Cardinal Newman, by Edwin Abbott.

    Finally, as one that has read Newman for much of my adult life, I would say that finding the real John Henry takes time and effort! One should perhaps start with his Anglican works: Parochial and Plain Sermons, which can be still had at Ignatius Press, (One Vol. 1762 pages, with Index).


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