Sunday, January 09, 2005

On January 9th, 1876...
Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., preached a sermon, of which the following notes survive:

Life a Pilgrimage

1. Life a journey or pilgrimage, Gen. xlvii. 9, (Jacob) , Luke xiii. 33, John xi. 9 . This is a thought befitting the beginning of the year.

2. In a journey we have a start and a goal. So life. Again, in a journey, obstacles—rivers, mountains, etc. So in life, temptations.

3. Now journeys have different lengths—so different lives have different lengths; one man dies old, another young—each life is long enough to reach the goal. Each length according to capabilities—one can go three miles an hour, another four, etc.

4. The length of each is determined by the length of light. No one has to travel in the dark, John ix. 4 and xi. 9-10 —as one man's journey might be near the pole, another's far south—different times of year.

5. If we linger or deviate on a journey, the light goes.

6. Have we not lingered or gone out of the road? Double loss of time if we have to get back; and then how to find the way?

7. We shall have to run.

8. Perhaps a carriage—increase of grace.

9. Now let us think of the past year and the year to come.


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