Thursday, October 09, 2003

On this date, 158 years ago...
Venerable John Henry Newman was received into the Catholic Church, at the hands of Blessed Dominic Barberi, C.P.. Thanks to Gerard Serafin, Lane Core, and to any other bloggers who have noted this anniversary. ( Congratulations to Lane Core on it being his own anniversary of reception into the Church as well.)
Here is the conclusion of An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, the book in which the Venerable cleared up his own difficulties with the Catholic Faith.

"Such were the thoughts concerning the 'Blessed Vision of Peace,' of one whose long-continued petition had been that the Most Merciful would not despise the work of His own Hands, nor leave him to himself;—while yet his eyes were dim, and his breast laden, and he could but employ Reason in the things of Faith. And now, dear Reader, time is short, eternity is long. Put not from you what you have here found; regard it not as mere matter of present controversy; set not out resolved to refute it, and looking about for the best way of doing so; seduce not yourself with the imagination that it comes of disappointment, or disgust, or restlessness, or wounded feeling, or undue sensibility, or other weakness. Wrap not yourself round in the associations of years past, nor determine that to be truth which you wish to be so, nor make an idol of cherished anticipations. Time is short, eternity is long.

Nunc dimittis servum tuum Domine,

Secundum verbum tuum in pace

Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum.


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