John Henry Newman
Newman's approach to the Christian life, with its insistent claim that Christian perfection derives from doing the ordinary in an extraordinary fashion, is as pertinent today as it was when he delivered his Sermons in the first half of the nineteenth century. Along with the well known prayers and hymns that have reached the status of classics, this anthology includes short selections from Newman's lesser known devotional writings, his prayers in honor of the blessed Virgin Mary and the saints, and longer excerpts from his Parochial and Plain Sermons, reflecting both his Anglican and Roman Catholic period. Cunningham's introduction explores Newman's life and spirituality
Cunningham reveals Newman as an apostle in advance of Vatican II's universal call to holiness. This collection of Newman's spiritual gems is a vademecum that I shall prize and consult for a long time. (Keith J. Egan, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University) Larry Cunninghams fine selection of Newmans spiritual writings makes a wonderful text for a prayerful and meditative reading based on the great treasury of Catholic devotion, while his concise introduction to Newmans life and spirituality presents him as a surprisingly contemporary guide. (Rev. Thomas P. Rausch, S.J. T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles)
About the Author
Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, is an award-winning teacher at Notre Dame. He was awarded the Fenlon Award from Sorin College (1989) and a Kaneb award in 1999. His interests are in the area of systematic theology and culture, Christian spirituality, and the history of Christian spirituality. His most recent book is "Thomas Merton and the Monastic Vision" (1999). He has edited or written 16 other books. He is also co-editor of the academic monograph series "Studies in Theology and Spirituality" and serves as an associate editor for a number of scholarly journals. The author of over 50 articles in peer reviewed or solicited journals and books, he has also written over two hundred articles for pastoral and popular outlets. He has won three Catholic Press Association awards for religious writing (1987, 1999, and 2000). He has also served as columnist for "Commonwealth" for over ten years. A frequent visiting professor both here and abroad, Cunningham is currently at work on a new book on the theological meaning of saints. He is also finishing a study of Saint Francis of Assisi and is compiling an anthology of Cardinal Newman's spiritual writings.
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