Newman Research Library – Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman

Posted on December 12, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

excerpt from Sermon II – Faith Without Sight –
Everyone who tries to do God’s
will, is sure to find he cannot do it perfectly.
He will feel himself to be full of imperfection and sin ; and the
more he succeeds in regulating his heart, the more he
will discern its original bitterness and guilt.

Here is an additional cause of a religious man’s looking out of
himself. He knows the evil of his nature, and forebodes
God’s wrath as its consequence ; and when he looks
around him, he sees it reflected from within upon the
face of the world. He fears ; and, in consequence, seeks
about for some means of propitiating his Maker, for
some token, if so be, of God’s relenting.
He cannot stay at home ; he cannot rest in himself ; he wanders
about from very anxiety ; he needs some one to speak
peace to his soul.


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