Friday, July 16, 2004

On July 16, 1835
Venerable John Henry Newman wrote to his close friend, Richard Hurrell Froude.
My chapel (Littlemore) was begun yesterday, and the first stone is to be solemnly laid next week. It is to be roofed in by the end of October. The two builders ran against each other 663l. to 665l., the architect beforehand reckoning on 650l.; so I hope I have got it at about the right sum. This takes in everything of fitting up except the bell. The Society [Oriel College] gives us 150l .

Of course, he had no way of knowing that the chapel he had helped to build would be where he would preach his last sermon as an Anglican,eight years later.

O my brethren, O kind and affectionate hearts, O loving friends, should you know any one whose lot it has been, by writing or by word of mouth, in some degree to help you thus to act; if he has ever told you what you knew about yourselves, or what you did not know; has read to you your wants or feelings, and comforted you by the very reading; has made you feel that there was a higher life than this daily one, and a brighter world than that you see; or encouraged you, or sobered you, or opened a way to the inquiring, or soothed the perplexed; if what he has said or done has ever made you take interest in him, and feel well inclined towards him; remember such a one in time to come, though you hear him not, and pray for him, that in all things he may know God's will, and at all times he may be ready to fulfil it.

Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O.,  Sermons on Subjects of the Day


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