Sunday, 19 September 2010
Blessed Cardinal Newman & Charity for the Poor
What a joy for me (I wouldn't dare to speculate on your behalf!) to start this blog of my thoughts and meanderings as a Welsh Catholic on the day that His Holiness the Pope, the head of our universal Church, has beatified Cardinal Newman, a great Prince of the Church.
I am an admirer of Cardinal Newman, not only because he was a wonderful convert and saw that Christianity has its true roots and home in the Roman Catholic faith; not only because he was a great thinker, theologian and writer (now I must dig out my Apologia Pro Vita Sua and read it!); not only because his beautiful poetry reaches into the soul; but because he was such an ardent soul and his apostolate reached out to the poor.
It must be easy, as a Prince of the Church, to be side-tracked into the circles of power and State, yet Cardinal Newman had such a special love and care for the poor, he truly was a servant of God and the poor, remembering that we are all created in the image of God.
When the Catholic Church reaches out to help the poor in that true charity and humility espoused by Our Lord, that is when hearts and minds are won for Christ and His Church.
This true pastoral care, rooted in the faithful traditions of the Church, will bring countless souls into the Church, just it did in Blessed Cardinal Newman's day.
The Cause for Cardinal Newman's Canonisation
As an aside, in the early days of Saxon colonisation of what would become England, much of Birmingham was for a time in Powys. So, I can clutch at the straw that Cardinal Newman has this tenuous link with Wales.