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'Out of Silence Something is Born that Leads to Silence Itself'

 Fr Martin Laird delivers a powerful, thought-provoking talk on the subject of silence and contemplation: 'Out of Silence Something is Born that Leads to Silence Itself '

The Wisdom of Francois de Sales

'Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.' 'Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.'  'Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.' (Francois de Sales, author of  An Introduction to the Devout Life , born on this day in 1567)

More from John Henry Newman

There are also two further quotations by John Henry Newman in 'Newman: The Heart of Holiness' , which caught my attention whilst recently reading the book:   'So it is with the souls of holy men. They have a well of peace springing up within them unfathomable; and though the accidents of the hour may make them seem agitated, yet in their hearts they are not so.' 'The Christian has a deep, silent, hidden peace, which the world does not see. He is the greater part of his time by himself, and when he is in solitude, that is his real state. What he is when left to himself and to his God, that is his true life.' I think these are good descriptions as to what it is that one seeks in the pursuit of holiness. It is that described in the 'Collect for Peace' (in office of Evening Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer) as 'that peace which the world cannot give...' A Collect for Peace. O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just work

Anima Christi

 The Anima Christi ( the 'Soul of Christ')  is a medieval prayer of uncertain authorship. I find it to be a wonderful prayer for private devotion, and have heard it used to good effect in that manner, spoken sotto voce  by the priest, during the breaking of the bread during the Eucharist. I am currently trying to learn the Latin version, and was thus delighted to discover that, in addition to the more commonly known 'poetic translation' into English, there is a version as translated by John Henry Newman. I reproduce the Latin version below. The two translations can be found here . Anima Christi, sanctifica me. Corpus Christi, salva me. Sanguis Christi, inebria me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Passio Christi, conforta me. O bone Jesu, exaudi me. Intra tua vulnera absconde me. Ne permittas me separari a te. Ab hoste maligno defende me. In hora mortis meae voca me. Et jube me venire ad te, Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te, In saecula saeculorum. A

Watching for Christ

In a sermon called 'Watching', dated 3 December 1837, John Henry Newman discussed what it meant to be 'watching for Christ'. He wrote: 'Do you know the feeling in matters of this life, of expecting a friend, expecting him to come, and he delays? Do you know what it is to be in unpleasant company, and to wish for the time to pass away, and the hour strike when you may be at liberty? Do you know what it is to be in anxiety lest something should happen which may happen or may not, or to be in suspense about some important event, which makes your heart beat when you are reminded of it, and of which you think the first thing in the morning? Do you know what it is to have a friend in a distant country, to expect news of him, and to wonder from day to day what he is now doing, and whether he is well? Do you know what it is so to live upon a person who is present with you, that your eyes follow his, then you read his soul, that you see all its changes in his countenance,

Quote for the Day

  I sought to hear the voice of God  and climbed the topmost steeple,   but God declared:   "Go down again,   I dwell among the people.                                                                                                                                        (John Henry Newman)