Wednesday, June 15, 2005

On June 15th, 1882...
Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., wrote to a friend. In a previous letter, she had sadly informed him that a mutual friend had left the Church- indeed, he had given up on faith in Christ altogether.

I do really think it an epidemic, and wonderfully catching. It does not spread by the reason, but by the imagination. The imagination presents a possible, plausible view of things which haunts and at length overcomes the mind. We begin by asking "How can we be sure that it is not so?" and this thought hides from the mind the real rational grounds on which our faith is founded. Then our faith goes, and how in the world is it ever to be regained, except by a wonderful grant of God's grace. May God keep us all from this terrible deceit of the latter days. What is coming upon us? I look with keen compassion on the next generation and with, I may say, awe.


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