For some time I’ve wanted to read the writings of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, but was intimidated by their supposed complexity. With a limited amount of time for reading, I didn’t think I could find the time to properly appreciate Newman’s work. However, thanks to Mike Aquilina and Fr. Juan Velez, my problem was solved! Not only do the authors present excerpts of Cardinal Newman’s writings, but each sample contains a corresponding Scripture verse and some reflection points.
This pocket sized book contains 76 two-page meditations based on various writings of the late Cardinal. The list of topics covers everything from the supernatural origin of the Church to guardian angels. As stated in the introduction, Newman lived a busy life as a teacher, editor and administrator who still found the time to write numerous books. All the more reason for us to turn to him for suggestions on finding God in everyday life.
What I appreciate most about this book, aside from its easy-to-read style, is the fact that it contains suggestions for applying each reading to our daily lives. It provides a nice starting point to the writings of Cardinal Newman and serves as a good foundation for future study. I would recommend it for anyone who would like to learn more about one of the great theologians of our time.
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