Friday, March 12, 2004

On March 12, 1876...
Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O. preached a sermon, of which the following notes survive:
"On future punishment—on hell.

First, we are not fair judges of the malignity of sin.

1. Because like men who have ever lived in a mine, and never seen the light of day.

2. Because skill in any art (and so in holiness) raises the standard.

3. Because culprits make bad judges.

Secondly, God is a consuming fire; sanctity burns what is not holy.

Thirdly, consider Scripture. St. John Bapt., 'burn up the chaff'—Matt. xxv., Mark ix., fire—St. Luke, Dives and Lazarus—St. Paul, St. Peter, St. John, St. Jude. "


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