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To Become a Saint: A Reflection on the Canonization of St. John Henry Newman

Written by Dan Searby, October 13, 2019
While you were sleeping last night, Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman became Saint John Henry Newman, or as Pope Francis called him today, Ioanne Henrico Newman. The canonization ceremony took place at 10 am Sunday morning, Rome time.
French 19th and 20th-century novelist Leon Bloy once said: “The only tragedy in life is not to become a saint“.  Cardinal Newman himself, when called saintly in an admirer’s correspondence said, “I have nothing of a saint about me… I may be well enough in my way but it is not the “high line“.   History has judged otherwise, for Cardinal Newman lived out one of his other famous quotes, “To live is to change; to be perfect is to change often”.

Cardinal Newman is best known for leading the Oxford Movement that sought to restore the Catholic roots Anglicanism.  When he followed his conscience and converted to Catholicism and 1845, it shook anti-Catholic England and he lost his post at Oxford and many of his friends. He c…

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