Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., preached a sermon, of which the following notes survive:
Love of God
1. INTROD.—I said last week that no one can be saved without love of God. This the awful truth.
2. In fact this is plain, but considering the state of the case—the immortal soul—how tired it will get of everything in eternity, except of something which is infinite. God in Himself a world; His attributes infinite.
3. Yet how can we love Him? See how much against our nature it is. We take delight in things of the world, etc., etc., in science, in literature, etc. These are our aims; but to love God is an aim above our nature.
4. Granted it is so. However, God does not command impossibilities.
5. Therefore He gives us grace to raise us above our nature. Even angels need grace.
6. What is grace? and what does it do for us?
7. Let us pray God for it.