Monday, August 09, 2004

Nuns and Newman

First the nuns...
I read in my local paper that the Italian Daily Avvenire recently told the story of Italian former nightclub dancer Anna Nobili who left a life of degradation for the convent by entering the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
A somewhat more conventional entrant to the convent is the excellent Theoscope, who is entering the Nashville Dominicans in just a few days time. Ad multos annos!

then the Newman...
August 11th sees the anniversary of Ven. John Henry Cardinal Newman's death in 1890. Quenta Narwenion has been holding a novena for his canonization. I hope to make it to Birmingham for the annual commemoration at some stage (not this year, alas...).

Let us pray...

God our Father, your servant John Henry Newman upheld the Faith by his
teaching and example.

May his loyalty to Christ and the Church, his love for the
Immaculate Mother of God, and his compassion for the perplexed give guidance to
the Christian people today.

We beg you to grant the favours we ask through his
intercession so that his holiness may be recognized by all and the Church may
proclaim him a Saint.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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